Cannon, U.S. help jobless

By Jennifer Whytock

The Cannon Foundation in Concord has given $500,000 to assist laid-off Pillowtex workers, and national emergency grants will help workers from Pillowtex and other struggling industries.

Cannon is giving $250,000 to the Cabarrus County Department of Social Services, and another $250,000 to the Cabarrus Cooperative Christian Ministry in Concord.

Both recipients helped establish the Community Intake Center in Kannapolis at Kimball Lutheran Church, which is coordinating much of the nonprofit support and services for the Pillowtex workers.

“We met with various people involved to figure out where the foundation’s grants could be best administered, and chose these two,” said Frank Davis, the foundation’s executive director. “The Kimball Service Center is a great collaborative of the public and private sector.”

Cannon Mills, founded in 1887 in Concord, has close ties with Pillowtex, which bought its successor, Fieldcrest Cannon, in 1997.

The federal government also will help laid-off workers through two national emergency grants totaling $20.6 million.

The Employment Security Commission of North Carolina will administer a $13 million grant to retrain Pillowtex workers for occupations in demand in North Carolina.

The remaining $7.6 million will be used to assist with health-care payments for laid-off workers from industries that qualify for the Health Care Tax Credit program.

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