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Granholm Announces Grant to Help Grayling Companies Compete in Global Economy

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Training Through Kirtland Community College Will Upgrade Manufacturing Skills

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced an $8,550 job training grant to upgrade the skills of 16 current workers and three new hires at two companies in Grayling through Kirtland 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 manufacturing applications.

"Companies recognize the importance of maintaining a highly-skilled workforce in order to compete in today's global economy," Granholm said. "This training will help keep jobs in Grayling and strengthen its workforce."

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

  • Air Way Automation will use $1,800 to train four current workers; and
  • IMM will use $6,750 to train 12 current workers and three new hires.

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

"We are determined to help Michigan companies compete in the face of global competition," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. "We commend these companies' commitment to their workers 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