Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Training through Lenawee Chamber Foundation to Strengthen 14 Companies
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $295,300 Economic Development Job Training grant to upgrade the skills of 911 current workers and 81 new hires at 14 companies in Lenawee County through the Lenawee 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 automotive and manufacturing applications as defined by each company's products and needs.
"These companies depend on highly-skilled workers to outperform the global competition," Granholm said. "This training will bolster the companies' workers, allow them to compete in today's challenging economy and hopefully grow and create more jobs."
The following 14 companies will benefit from the job training:
Blissfield Manufacturing in Blissfield will use $24,600 to train 80 existing employees and two new hires;
Brazeway in Adrian will use $3,600 to train 10 existing employees and two new hires;
Custom Machines, Inc. in Adrian will use $3,600 to train 20 existing employees and one new hire;
Cyltec in Tecumseh will use $7,200 to train 20 existing employees and four new hires;
Inergy Automotive in Adrian will use $16,800 to train 50 existing employees and six new hires;
L & W Engineering in Blissfield will use $24,000 to train 80 existing employees;
Lenawee Stamping Company in Tecumseh will use $47,700 to train 142 existing employees and 17 new hires;
Merillat Industries in Adrian will use $19,500 to train 50 existing employees and 25 new hires;
Nuestro in Adrian will use $7,500 to train 24 existing employees and one new hire;
Pilkington North America in Clinton will use $30,000 to train 100 existing employees;
Rima Manufacturing in Hudson will use $25,800 to train 80 existing employees and six new hires;
Uniloy Milacron in Tecumseh will use $25,000 to train 75 existing employees and six new hires;
Venchurs Packaging in Adrian will use $12,600 to train 40 existing employees and two new hires; and
Wacker Chemical in Adrian will use $44,700 to train 140 existing employees and nine new hires.
Under the terms of the award, the companies will provide a minimum 30 percent funding match.
"Michigan's high-skilled workforce continues to attract new businesses to our state and strengthen current ones," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. "This investment will provide tremendous returns for Lenawee County workers, businesses and communities for years to come."
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.