Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a total of $1,440,500 in Economic Development Job Training grants to upgrade the skills of 2,500 workers, including 512 new hires, employed by 35 companies around the state.
Funding is provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Program, an initiative to encourage collaboration between regional employers.
A grant of $500,000 will be used to upgrade the skills of 478 current workers and four new hires at 17 companies in Baraga, Berrien, Hillsdale, Ingham, Kent, Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, Ottawa, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. The MCP grant will support training through Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center as follows:
- Agape Plasticsin Grand Rapids, one current employee;
- Ann Arbor Machinein Chelsea, three current employees;
- GFG Instrumentationin Ann Arbor, 23 current employees;
- Byrnes Toolin Lapeer, one current employee;
- Franchino Moldin Lansing, 51 current employees;
- Orchid Orthopedicin Holt, 33 current employees;
- Future Toolin Romulus, 20 current employees, four new hires;
- Roush Performancein Livonia, 39 current employees;
- Spring Engineeringin Canton, 10 current employees;
- Tompkins Productsin Detroit, six current employees;
- JS Die & Moldin Byron Center, one current employee;
- MAG Powertrainin Sterling Heights, 47 current employees;
- Visioneeringin Fraser, 69 current employees;
- National Standardin Niles, one current employee;
- Pettibonein Baraga, one current employee;
- S & A Productsin Litchfield, 49 current employees; and
- SKD Automotivein Troy, 123 current employees.
A grant of $200,000 will be used to upgrade the skills of 151 current workers and 25 new hires at three companies in Kent, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. The MCP grant will support training through Henry Ford Community College as follows:
- Asterandin Detroit, 32 current employees, five new hires;
- Aspen Surgicalin Caledonia, 100 current employees, 13 new hires; and
- Pipex Pharmaceuticalin Ann Arbor, 19 current employees, seven new hires.
Funds in the amount of $104,000 will be used to upgrade the skills of 181 current workers and eight new hires at six companies in Wayne County. The MCP grant will support training through Wayne County Community College District as follows:
- Westin Engineering of Michiganin Detroit, 18 current employees, two new hires;
- Bentz Inc.in Detroit, five current employees;
- Boryn Steelin Detroit, six current employees;
- Theodis Groupin Highland Park, 32 current employees, four new hires;
- St. Gobain Abrasivesin Romulus, 70 current employees; and
- Johnson Matthey Testingin Taylor, 50 current employees, two new hires.
EDJT funds in the amount of $636,500 will be used to support skills upgrading for 1,178 current workers and 475 new hires at nine companies in Berrien, Kent, Lenawee, Montcalm, Muskegon, Wayne and Wexford counties as follows:
- United Solar Ovonicin Greenville, $100,000 for one current employee, 199 new hires, at Montcalm Community College;
- American Axle & Manufacturingin Detroit, $100,000 for 100 current employees, 100 new hires, at Delta College;
- in Buchanan, $25,000 for 25 current employees, 25 new hires, at Lake Michigan College;
- L-3 Combat Propulsion Systems in Muskegon, $175,000 for 500 current employees, 30 new hires, at Muskegon Community College;
- Action Fabricatorsin Grand Rapids, $25,000 for 56 current employees, one new hire, at Orchard View School District/Community Education;
- Cyltec LLCin Tecumseh, $50,000 for 75 current employees, 25 new hires, at Lenawee Chamber Foundation;
- ATEK Medicalin Grand Rapids, $25,000 for 40 current employees, 10 new hires, at Grand Rapids Community College;
- Ranir LLCin Grand Rapids, $60,000 for 270 current employees, 30 new hires, at Grand Rapids Community College; and
- Four Winns Boatsin Cadillac, $76,500 for 111 current employees, 55 new hires, Ferris State Corporate and Professional Development.
The MCP streamlines the training process by serving several companies through a single grant to make the most economical use of state funding. Under the program, 13 Regional Skills Alliances were created to provide industry-specific training by companies within a geographic region of the state.
Since 1994, more than $340 million in EDJT grants has helped over 613,000 Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
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. For more information about the MEDC, please visit the Web site at www.MichiganBusiness.org.
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