Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Advanced Manufacturing Training to Strengthen 12 Companies
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $362,840 Economic Development Job Training grant to upgrade the skills of 1,086 current workers and 58 new hires at 12 companies in Ottawa County through the Northwest Ottawa Chamber Foundation. 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 as defined by each company's products and needs.
"By partnering with the state and Northwest Ottawa Chamber Foundation, these companies will ensure that employees have the skills to allow them to continue to overcome the challenges of the global economy," Granholm said. "This new training will allow employees to remain competitive as manufacturing evolves into new, high-tech fields."
The following 12 companies will benefit from the job training:
AIM Industries in Grand Haven will use $16,100 to train 44 existing employees and two new hires;
ASIMOC-Assembled Camshafts in Grand Haven will use $42,240 to train 115 existing employees and five new hires;
Automatic Spring Products Corporation in Grand Haven will use $79,200 to train 210 existing employees and 10 new hires;
Grand Haven Gasket Company in Grand Haven will use $1,920 to train eight existing employees;
Grand Transformers in Grand Haven will use $27,720 to train 66 existing employees;
M & S Companies in Grand Haven will use $29,400 to train 65 existing and five new employees;
Magna Donnelly in Grand Haven will use $13,200 to train 45 existing and 10 new hires;
Precision Metal Products in Holland will use $15,120 to train 29 existing and two new hires;
Seaver Finishing Companies in Grand Haven will use $20,700 to train 105 existing employees and 10 new hires;
Stanco Metal Products in Grand Haven will use $29,520 to train 82 existing employees;
Tennant Commercial in Holland will use $68,400 to train 275 existing employees and 10 new hires; and
Topcraft Metal Products in Hudsonville will use $19,320 to train 42 existing employees and four new hires.
Under the terms of the award, the companies will provide a minimum 30 percent funding match.
"Our manufacturing know-how is a tremendous advantage for companies like these looking to grow in the 21st century," MEDC president and CEO James Epolito said. "This training will ensure a talented pool of workers remains in our state."
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.