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Granholm Announces Grant to Secure Manufacturing Jobs in Barry, Branch and Calhoun Counties

Monday, October 10, 2005

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Kellogg Community College to Provide Customer-Specific Training to 233 Workers at Four Companies

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $52,000 Economic Development Job Training grant to Kellogg Community College to upgrade the skills of 96 current workers and 137 new hires at four manufacturing firms in Bronson, Battle Creek, Delton and East Leroy. The grant, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Program in cooperation with the Michigan Regional Skills Alliances, will provide employees with training dedicated to meeting specific customer requirements, making their employers more competitive in the global market. Under the terms of the award, the companies will provide a minimum 30 percent funding match.

Under the MCP, 13 Regional Skills Alliances were created to provide industry-specific training by companies within a geographical region. The areas served by the MRSAs include all 83 counties in the state, with a diversity of industries that include health care, manufacturing, construction and nanotechnology.

The following companies will benefit from the job training grants announced today:

  • Douglas Autotech in Bronson will use $15,000 to train 50 current employees and 25 new hires;
  • Johnson Controls in Battle Creek will use $30,000 to train 30 current employees and 109 new hires;
  • Keltech in Delton will use $4,000 to train 10 current employees and three new hires; and
  • Van Machine in East Leroy will use $3,000 to train six current employees.

"These companies are important to the overall strength of the state's economy," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. "Each is a link in the chain of well-paid workers and their families that support local merchants and enhance the community's future prospects. Assuring their continuing competitiveness is the kind of investment in our workforce that our economic development job training program was designed to accomplish."

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.