Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
High-Tech Training Will Make Advanced Manufacturer More Competitive
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced a $16,500 Economic Development Job Training grant to upgrade the skills of 33 workers at Saline Lectronics Inc., an electronic contract manufacturing company in the city of Saline. The funding, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will provide workers with state-of-the-art technical process training.
"Saline Lectronics is the kind of high-tech company that is helping create a stronger, more diverse economy in Michigan," Granholm said. "Providing our workforce with up-to-date training and skills will ensure the company and the state remain on the cutting edge in manufacturing."
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 the workforce is part of that plan, with job training one of the tools being used to enhance the state's business-friendly climate.
Under the terms of the award, Washtenaw Community College will be the grant administrator with Saline Lectronics providing a minimum 25 percent funding match.
Saline Lectronics' services include electrical design engineering, advanced manufacturing technologies and circuit board assembly and testing. The company currently has 62 employees at its 40,000-square-foot facility.
"Equipping workers with the best training and skills will enable our companies to compete and win in the challenging global economy," MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway said. "I commend Saline Lectronics for its commitment to its employees and to the state of Michigan."
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 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.