Wednesday, August 25, 2004
$900,000 Grant to Provide State-of-the Art Manufacturing Training
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm joined DaimlerChrysler, labor and local government officials today to announce $900,000 in Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) funding to help retain 4,800 workers at the DaimlerChrysler Warren Truck Assembly Plant.
The grant, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), will make it possible for the company to add a 3rd shift operation at the Warren facility. The announcement was made at a special event to unveil the 2005 models of the Dodge Dakota and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
In her 2004 State of the State address, the Governor announced her plan to make Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Strengthening the workforce is part of that plan. EDJT funding is one of the key tools being used to develop a highly trained pool of workers to enhance the state's business-friendly climate.
"We appreciate DaimlerChrysler's continued commitment to Michigan and its workers," said MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway. "Maintaining a highly skilled and efficient workforce is essential if we are to compete for business on a worldwide scale."
The Warren Truck Assembly Plant has been producing trucks since it opened in 1938. The plant currently produces the Dodge Ram 1500 Standard Cab and Quad Cab SLT/Laramie/Laramie Sport, Dodge Dakota Standard, Club and Quad Cab Pickups.
Since 1994, more than $263 million in Economic Development Job Training grants have helped more than 500,000 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.