Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a total of $680,124 in Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) grants to upgrade the skills of 1,518 workers, including 167 new hires, employed by 24 companies across west Michigan.
“Our highly skilled workforce has been an important asset in attracting investments from some of the world’s most innovative manufacturers,” Granholm said. “These grants help our workers upgrade their skills, which in turn keeps Michigan businesses competitive in today’s global 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 $334,500 will be used to upgrade the skills of 633 current workers and 43 new hires at eight companies in Kent, Osceola and Ottawa counties. The MCP grant will support training through Grand Rapids Community College as follows:
- Corlett Turnerin Zeeland, 70 current employees, 10 new hires;
- Custom Profilein Grand Rapids, 102 current employees, 17 new hires;
- Paulstra CRCin Grand Rapids, 60 current employees;
- Tubelitein Reed City, 109 current employees, 10 new hires;
- Rapid-Linein Wyoming, 86 current employees;
- Janesville Acousticsin Grand Rapids, 144 current employees;
- Riverview Productsin Rockford, 14 current employees, one new hire; and
- Walway Enterprisesin Holland, 48 current employees, five new hires.
A grant of $200,200 will be used to upgrade the skills of 412 current workers and 34 new hires at eight companies in Kent County. The MCP grant will support training through Grand Rapids Community College as follows:
- DECCin Grand Rapids, 12 current employees;
- American Seatingin Grand Rapids, 44 current employees;
- Spectrum Resource Group 1in Belding, 76 current employees, five new hires;
- Spectrum Resource Group 2in Grand Rapids, 32 current employees, two new hires;
- Pridgeon and Clayin Grand Rapids, 145 current employees, 20 new hires;
- Butterball Farmsin Grand Rapids, 17 current employees;
- Vi-Chemin Grand Rapids, 55 current employees, five new hires; and
- Wolverine Coil Springin Grand Rapids, 31 current employees, two new hires.
Funds in the amount of $115,000 will be used to upgrade the skills of 243 current workers and 90 new hires at five companies in Calhoun County. The MCP grant will support training through Kellogg Community College as follows:
- ASMO Manufacturingin Battle Creek, 22 current employees, 32 new hires;
- Cello-Foil Productsin Battle Creek, 43 current employees, 13 new hires;
- Stewart Industriesin Battle Creek, 58 current employees, 19 new hires;
- Systex Productsin Battle Creek, 54 current employees, 26 new hires; and
- Renncoin Homer, 66 current employees.
Funds in the amount of $30,424 will be used to upgrade the skills of 63 current workers at three companies in Berrien and Van Buren counties. The MCP grant will support training through Lake Michigan College as follows:
- Mach Moldin Benton Harbor, 31 current employees;
- Maximum Moldin Coloma, 12 current employees; and
- Elbe & Sohnin South Haven, 20 current employees.
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.
“Thriving businesses contribute to the health of our communities by providing employment for local residents,” MEDC President and CEO James C. Epolito said. “This funding 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..
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