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Granholm Announces Grant to Strengthen 26 Companies in Northern Michigan

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Training Will Upgrade Skills of 1,027 Workers



"Providing our workers with cutting-edge skills keeps Michigan competitive in the global economy," Granholm said. "This grant will help these companies continue to invest in Northern Michigan, creating jobs and strengthening communities well into the future."



The following 26 companies will benefit from the Economic Development Job Training grant:

  • AAR Mobility Systems in Cadillac will use $109,000 to train 225 current workers and 50 new hires;
  • Alcotec Wire Corporation in Traverse City will use $22,400 to train 50 current workers;
  • Alken-Ziegler in Kalkaska will use $6,000 to train 12 current workers;
  • American Tool & Die Inc. in Cadillac will use $1,600 to train 4 current workers;
  • Avon Automotive in Cadillac will use $10,000 to train 25 current workers;
  • B&P Manufacturing in Cadillac will use $9,600 to train 20 current workers;
  • Boride Engineered Abrasives in Traverse City will use $16,380 to train 40 current workers;
  • Cadillac Fabrication in Cadillac will use $4,800 to train 10 current workers;
  • Century Inc. in Traverse City will use $20,800 to train 40 current workers and two new hires;
  • Dura Automotive Systems Inc. in Mancelona will use $48,800 to train 90 current workers and 10 new hires;
  • Federal Screw Works in Traverse City will use $8,000 to train 16 current workers;
  • Grand Traverse Plastics Corporation in Williamsburg will use $2,000 to train four current workers;
  • Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. in Cadillac will use $51,614 to train 100 current workers and four new hires;
  • I & W Industries in Traverse City will use $25,200 to train 47 current workers and four new hires;
  • ITW Coding Products in Kalkaska will use $32,000 to train 65 current workers and five new hires;
  • Kalkaska Screw Products Inc. in Kalkaska will use $9,200 to train 19 current workers;
  • Leelanau Industries Inc. in Traverse City will use $13,600 to train 30 current workers;
  • Michigan Rubber Products Inc. in Cadillac will use $11,200 to train 23 current workers;
  • Northern Stainless Fabricating in Traverse City will use $6,400 to train 13 current workers;
  • Rexair Inc. in Cadillac will use $26,800 to train 54 current workers;
  • Saber Tool Company in Cadillac will use $5,400 to train 16 current workers;
  • Specialty Silicone Fabricators in Elk Rapids will use $2,800 to train six current workers;
  • Traverse City Products Inc. in Traverse City will use $10,400 to train 21 current workers;
  • Wayne Wire Cloth Products Inc. in Kalkaska will use $34,806 to train 80 current workers; and

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

"Without this valuable EDJT funding, we would find ourselves at a tremendous disadvantage in trying to compete with other states and countries for new business investment and jobs," MEDC president and CEO James Epolito said.

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.