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Governor Announces Grant to Strengthen Four Upper Peninsula Companies

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Training to Boost Skills of 177 Workers

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $62,000 job training grant to upgrade the skills of 155 current workers and 22 new hires at four companies in the U.P. through Bay de Noc Community College. The grant, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Program (MCP), will provide employees with cutting-edge training in advanced manufacturing applications.

"Our highly skilled workforce is a great resource for businesses looking to invest and grow in Michigan," Granholm said. "This grant will allow companies to continue to create and retain good jobs in the state."

The following four companies will benefit from the Economic Development Job Training grant:

  • Cal Grinding in Escanaba will use $2,500 to train five current workers and two new hires;
  • LoadMaster in Norway will use $5,250 to train 10 current workers and five new hires;
  • Manistique Papers in Manistique will use $26,950 to train 77 current workers; and
  • VanAire in Gladstone will use $27,300 to train 63 current workers and 15 new hires.

Under the terms of the award, the companies will provide a minimum 30 percent funding match.

"We are determined to help Michigan companies overcome the challenges of global competition," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. "The EDJT program will make sure that as businesses face that competition, they are armed with the most skilled and knowledgeable workers."

Since 1994, more than $325 million in EDJT grants have helped over half a million Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.

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 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.