Resources for International Paper Employees

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Inside the Courtland mill (Photo provided by International Paper)

(WHNT) – WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to help provide information for employees of International Paper, who found out on Wednesday that the paper mill in Lawrence County will be closing.

For all workers at the paper mill, the Rapid Response Team from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will inform all employees about their options for unemployment compensation and Career Center assistance.

Unemployed workers can also go to their local Career Center for assistance.  In this case, workers will need to go to the Sheffield Career Center in Colbert County at 500 South Montgomery Ave, Suite 102.  It’s located just next to Foodland.  You can reach the Sheffield Career Center at (256) 383-5610 for any questions.

At the Sheffield Career Center, any staff member can assist in filing unemployment claims and getting workers registered on the state’s free jobs database,  Staff members can also assist in job searches, creating resumes, and determining if additional training or education is needed.

Workers can file unemployment compensation claims online at or by phone at 1-866-234-5382.

The plumes of smoke than billow from the Mill in Courtland may be mile away from the city of Decatur but members of Epic Church there say they want to help.

"We really do just want to be a force within the community that kind of partners and rallies around people in their most desperate times of need," says Epic Church Worship Team Member Travis Cherry.

"We want to be a resource of hope and we're really hoping to partner with them to work on their budgets and finances. We have a great team of financial officers and we want to be able to work on their budgets and see what it might look like here in the next few months and weeks."

Epic Church also plans to help mill workers re-tool resumes but say they want to help those in need expand their spiritual network as well.

"We just believe that as a faith community we want them to not only rely on us as just the people they can physically, tangibly touch but also to put their faith into action more than they ever have before," Cherry explains.

"we just want to come alongside of them and let them know they're not alone, it's not something they have to walk through on their own, there is a church out there that wants to partner with them and carry this burden with them."