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Governor Granholm Announces Grant to Strengthen 10 West Michigan Companies

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Training Through Muskegon Community College to Upgrade Skills of 954 Workers

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $309,325 job training grant to upgrade the skills of 876 current workers and 78 new hires at 10 companies in Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties through Muskegon 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 lean manufacturing and quality applications.

"This new training will assure that our workers have the skills required to keep Michigan manufacturers ahead of the competition," Granholm said. "When we help Michigan companies compete, we help communities like Muskegon retain and create good-paying jobs."

The following 10 companies will benefit from the Economic Development Job Training grant:

  • Amerikam in Grand Rapids will use $22,750 to train 70 existing employees;
  • Anderson Global in Muskegon will use $35,100 to train 106 existing employees and two new hires;
  • Burnside Industries in Spring Lake will use $24,700 to train 68 existing employees and eight new hires;
  • Hadley Products in Grandville will use $12,350 to train 36 existing employees and two new hires;
  • Hilite International in Whitehall will use $65,000 to train 193 existing workers and seven new hires;
  • Lanker Diversified Industries in Kentwood will use $66,625 to train 185 existing workers and 20 new hires;
  • Manufacturers Supply in Hudsonville will use $10,000 to train 33 existing workers;
  • Mark Pack in Coopersville will use $9,100 to train 25 existing workers and three new hires;
  • RG2 in Grandville will use $45,500 to train 110 existing workers and 30 new hires; and
  • Sound Tech in Grand Rapids will use $18,200 to train 50 existing workers and 6 new hires.

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

"The MCP demonstrates the state's resolve to create an environment where manufacturers can successfully compete in today's global economy," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. "We commend these 10 companies for their commitment to the state of Michigan and are proud to back their efforts."

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