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Governor Granholm Announces Grant to Strengthen 17 Michigan Companies

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Training through Baker College will Secure 1,443 Manufacturing Jobs

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $227,750 job training grant to upgrade the skills of 1,401 current workers and 33 new hires at 17 automotive suppliers across Michigan through Baker College Corporate Services. 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 automotive and other high-tech applications.

"Michigan's auto manufacturers depend on the skill and knowledge of their workers," Granholm said. "This training will ensure these jobs, and the high-tech automobile parts and systems they design and produce, stay here in Michigan."



The following 17 companies will benefit from the Economic Development Job Training grant:

  • AC Foundry in Battle Creek will use $8,640 to train 52 current workers and two new hires;
  • Air-Way Manufacturing in Olivet will use $19,840 to train 120 current workers and four new hires;
  • Flexible Products in Auburn Hills will use $32,640 to train 200 current workers and four new hires;
  • Hytrol Manufacturing in Garden City will use $4,160 to train 26 current workers;
  • Lake Erie Products in Livonia will use $8,000 to train 60 current workers;
  • Melling Industries in Jackson will use $8,000 to train 48 current workers and two new hires;
  • Melling Products Corporation in Farwell will use $12,480 to train 76 current workers and two new hires;
  • Metaldyne Tubular Products in Hamburg will use $44,640 to train 275 current workers and four new hires;
  • Michigan Extruded Aluminum in Jackson will use $10,880 to train 66 current workers and two new hires;
  • Micromatic Screw Machine Products in Jackson will use $3,840 to train 22 current workers and two new hires;
  • Mid-American Products in Jackson will use $20,960 to train 128 current workers and three new hires;
  • Miller Industrial Products in Jackson will use $7,040 to train 42 current workers and two new hires;
  • Olivet Machine Tool Engineering in Olivet will use $1,920 to train 12 current workers;
  • Orlandi Gear Company in Sterling Heights will use $4,800 to train 28 current workers and two new hires;
  • Prescott Products in Prescott will use $2,880 to train 16 current workers and two new hires;

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

"We are proud to assist these companies in building a stronger workforce in our state," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. "High-skilled workers will keep Michigan manufacturers competitive in the global economy."

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.