Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a total of $1.3 million in Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) grants to upgrade the skills of 2,180 workers, including 251 new hires, employed by 36 companies across southeast Michigan.
“As we work to attract businesses and investments to Michigan, our highly skilled and adaptable workforce is a critical asset,” Granholm said. “Upgrading the skills of our workers today will ensure Michigan manufacturers continue to be competitive in a 21st century economy.”
The funding is provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) as part of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Program (MCP), an initiative to encourage collaboration between regional employers.
A grant of $449,995 will be used to upgrade the skills of 569 current workers and 31 new hires at four companies in Oakland and Macomb counties. The MCP grant will support training through Oakland University as follows:
- Benteler Automotivein Auburn Hills, 70 current employees, 10 new hires;
- Cadillac Products Automotivein Troy, 19 current employees, one new hire;
- EDSin Troy, 330 current employees; and
- General Dynamics Land Systemsin Sterling Heights, 150 current employees, 20 new hires.
A grant of $335,274 will be used to upgrade the skills of 410 current workers and 90 new hires at five companies in Wayne County. The MCP grant will support training through Schoolcraft College as follows:
- Ghafari Associatesin Dearborn, 85 current employees;
- G-Tech Professional Staffingin Dearborn, 139 current employees, 50 new hires;
- Yazaki North Americain Canton, 88 current employees, 30 new hires;
- ZF Group NAOin Northville, 89 current employees, 10 new hires; and
- MJ Industriesin Livonia, nine current employees.
Funds in the amount of $181,138 will be used to upgrade the skills of 379 current workers and 19 new hires at nine companies in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties. The MCP grant will support training through Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center as follows:
- Advanced Accessory Systemsin Shelby Township, 23 current employees;
- CBS Boring & Machinein Fraser, 59 current employees, 10 new hires;
- JAC Productsin Pontiac, 45 current employees;
- Mueller Brassin Marysville, 28 current employees, one new hire;
- Mueller Impactin Marysville, 28 current employees, one new hires;
- Ralco Industriesin Auburn Hills, 53 current employees;
- Total Doorin Pontiac, 30 current employees;
- Industrial Control Repairin Warren, 43 current employees, three new hires; and
- U.S. Farathanein Plymouth, 70 current employees, four new hires.
Funds in the amount of $177,297 will be used to upgrade the skills of 448 current workers and 86 new hires at nine companies in Livingston and Washtenaw counties. The MCP grant will support training through Washtenaw Community College as follows:
- Micro Gaugein Brighton, 28 current employees, one new hire;
- Liebherr Aerospace Salinein Saline, 65 current employees, 10 new hires;
- Saline Metal Systemsin Saline, 20 current employees, 41 new hires;
- Control Gaging in Ann Arbor, 35 current employees;
- Milan Cast Metalin Milan, 19 current employees, two new hires;
- L3 Communications EO Techin Ann Arbor, 97 current employees, three new hires;
- ReCellularin Dexter, 120 current employees, 15 new hires;
- Adaptive Materialsin Ann Arbor, 22 current employees, six new hires; and
- International Specialty Tubein Detroit, 42 current employees, eight new hires.
A grant totaling $148,978 will be used to upgrade the skills of 123 current workers and 25 new hires at nine companies in Oakland and Macomb counties. The MCP grant will support training through Macomb Community College as follows:
- Aerotekin Southfield, three current employees, 12 new hires;
- Brose North Americain Auburn Hills, eight current employees;
- Cadence Innovationin Troy, 10 current employees;
- Cooper-Standard Automotivein Novi, 10 current employees, four new hires;
- Graph-Tecin Pontiac, eight current employees, two new hires;
- Magna Steyrin Troy, 51 current employees;
- RLE Internationalin Hazel Park, five current employees, five new hires;
- Utica Enterprisesin Shelby Township, 18 current employees; and
- RCO Engineeringin Roseville, 10 current employees, two new hires.
Employees will gain cutting-edge training in advanced automotive and manufacturing applications as defined by each company’s products and needs.
The MCP aims to streamline the training process by serving several companies through a single grant to make the most economical use of state funding. Under the program, 13 Regional Skills Alliances were created to provide industry-specific training by companies within a geographic region of the state.
“Keeping up with the pace of manufacturing innovation is an ongoing challenge for employer and employee alike,” MEDC President and CEO James C. Epolito said. “Funding for skills upgrading will keep our companies competitive and keep them creating jobs in Michigan.”
Since 1994, more than $339 million in EDJT grants has helped almost 610,000 Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
In her 2007 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 used to enhance Michigan’s business-friendly climate.
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. For more information about the MEDC, please visit the Web site at www.MichiganBusiness.org..
# # #