Workers who will be displaced by the closure of the Expera pulp mill in Old Town by year’s end have been approved for trade adjustment assistance.

In September, Expera Specialty Solutions’ pulp mill announced that it would close by the end of 2015 because of increased foreign competition and high wood costs. The mill employs 195 people.

The trade adjustment assistance approved by the U.S. Department of Labor provides workers with the opportunity to acquire the new skills and training to find jobs other industries. In October, Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King sent a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez urging him to quickly approve the assistance, according to a joint release from their offices.

In fiscal year 2013, more than 700 Mainers used trade adjustment assistance programs, and more than 70 percent of those jobs found employment within three months of completing their retraining programs, according to the release.