Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Workers at Engineered Machined Products to Upgrade Skills
"EMP has long been a valuable partner in our efforts to create and retain good-paying jobs in the Upper Peninsula," Granholm said. "Re-training the workforce of Michigan companies is one key to meeting the challenges that face the manufacturing industry in the 21st century."
In her 2004 State of the State address, Governor Granholm announced a focused, seven-point plan for economic growth. Strengthening Michigan's workforce is part of that plan. Job training is one of the key tools being used to develop a highly trained pool of workers to enhance Michigan's business-friendly climate.
EMP has chosen Bay de Noc Community College to provide the training to 81 current and 25 new employees. Under the requirements of the program, the company will provide a 25 percent funding match.
Headquartered in Escanaba, EMP is the #1 manufacturer of diesel engine pumps in North America with more than 65 percent of market share. The company's 2003 sales are estimated at $280 million.
"The EDJT program is an integral part of Michigan's ongoing economic development efforts," said MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway. "It is essential that we do everything we can to help outstanding companies like EMP continue to stay competitive by keeping their workforce skills ahead of the curve."
Since 1994, more than $260 million in Economic Development Job Training grants has helped more than half a million 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.