Monday, April 05, 2004
100 Workers at Auburn Hills Firm to Receive High-Tech Training
"United Solar is a great example of a growing, high-tech manufacturing firm that helps build the momentum of Michigan's burgeoning Technology Tri-Corridor," Granholm said. "A well trained, high-tech workforce is one of the best assets the state has to attract and retain growing, cutting-edge companies."
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.
United Solar has chosen the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center in Plymouth to provide the training to 73 current and 37 new employees. Under the requirements of the job training program, the company will provide a 25 percent match.
United Solar is a world leader in the research, development and manufacture of thin-film solar cells which are lighter and produce more energy than conventional solar panels. United Solar was recently awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin to produce the lightweight cells for stationary high-altitude aircraft as part of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency High Altitude Airship program.
Since 1994, more than $260 million in Economic Development Job Training grants have helped more than half a million Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.