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Granholm Announces Grant to Boost Skills of 573 Workers in Southeast Michigan

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Training through Henry Ford CC to Strengthen 14 Companies

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $217,360 Economic Development Job Training grant to upgrade the skills of 476 current workers and 97 new hires at 14 companies in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties through Henry Ford 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 automotive and manufacturing applications as defined by each company's products and needs.

"A high-skilled workforce helped make southeastern Michigan the hub for advanced automotive manufacturing, leading to more jobs," Granholm said. "This new training will allow these manufacturers to build on that legacy in the 21st century."



The following 14 companies will benefit from the job training:

  • 3M Detroit Plant in Detroit will use $3,411 to train 19 existing employees;
  • Ballard Power Systems Corporation in Dearborn will use $19,722 to train 45 current workers and two new hires;
  • E & E Engineering in Warren will use $26,618 to train 54 current workers;
  • Exhaust Technologies and Manufacturing in Dearborn will use $15,934 to train five current workers and 27 new hires;
  • Henkel Technologies in Madison Heights will use $17,848 to train 50 current workers;
  • Milco Manufacturing Company in Warren will use $19,764 to train 43 current workers and two new hires;
  • Motor City Logistics in Warren will use $20,159 to train 54 current workers and 10 new hires;
  • Obara Corporation USA in Warren will use $11,596 to train 30 current workers;
  • Piston Automotive (DBA Piston Group) in Detroit will use $6,296 to train 12 current workers and one new hire;
  • Piston Automotive in Redford will use $14,345 to train 40 new hires;
  • Renaissance Global Logistics in Detroit will use $19,988 to train 60 current workers and 10 new hires;
  • Welform Electrodes in Warren will use $14,742 to train 30 current workers; and
  • FTE Automotive USA in Auburn Hills will use $14,026 to train 29 current workers.

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

"The EDJT program is one of our most valuable resources to prepare today's workers for tomorrow's jobs," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. "This funding will keep these companies competitive and keep good-paying jobs in Michigan."

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.