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Announces Grant to Boost Worker Skills at Midland County Company

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Job Training Will Help Secure 30 Manufacturing Jobs

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $15,000 Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) grant to boost the skills of 30 workers at International Engineering & Manufacturing Inc. (IEM), a manufacturer and distributor of snowmobile track components located in the community of Hope. The grant, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will help 25 current and five new employees receive manufacturing process and computer software training.

"Our state's dedicated and highly trained workforce has helped Michigan companies like IEM become international leaders in their industries," Granholm said. "This funding will help these employees advance their skills and allow the company to continue to grow and compete in the global economy."

In her 2005 State of the State address, Governor Granholm emphasized the need to make Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Strengthening Michigan's workforce is part of that plan, with job training one of the tools being used to enhance Michigan's business-friendly climate.

Under the terms of the award, Delta College will be the grant administrator and IEM will provide a minimum 25 percent funding match.

"We greatly appreciate this assistance from the state of Michigan," IEM Vice President Randy Oberson said. "For 35 years, we have been proud to call Michigan home and this grant will enable our employees to learn new, cutting-edge skills that will allow us to continue to stay at the forefront of our industry."

Since 1994, more than $260 million in EDJT grants have helped over half a million Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.

"The EDJT program exemplifies the state's determination to help Michigan companies face the challenges of global competition," MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway said. "We applaud IEM's commitment to its workers and are proud to support the company's efforts."

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.