Friday, October 13, 2006
$585,320 Will Benefit Employees of Nine Companies
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced $585,320 in Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) grants to upgrade the skills of 905 employees from nine companies through training delivered through local educational institutions. Workers will be provided with cutting-edge training in the advanced automotive and manufacturing applications necessary for each company’s products and needs.
“Thanks to these job training grants, Michigan will continue to have the highly skilled workforce that attracts job providers while helping our manufacturers stay competitive in today’s global economy,” Granholm said.
The funding will be used to supply training for 444 current workers and 461 new hires as follows:
Gezink Steelin Holland: $89,728 for 115 current employees and 65 new hires through Ferris State University;
Emerald Graphicsin Kentwood: $43,092 for two current employees and 90 new hires at Grand Rapids Community College;
Sunny Fresh Foodsin Lake Odessa: $28,500 for 57 new hires through Grand Rapids Community College;
United Solar Ovonicin Auburn Hills: $100,000 for 200 new hires through Oakland Community College;
Engineered Machined Productsin Escanaba: $252,800 for 161 current employees and 22 new hires at Bay de Noc Community College;
Vikingin Hastings: $6,000 for six current employees and six new hires through Kellogg Community College;
Somero Enterprisesin Houghton: $24,000 for 70 current employees and six new hires through Northern Michigan University;
Autocamin Dowagiac:$30,000 for 60 current employees and 13 new hires at Southwestern Michigan College; and
Northpoint Precisionin Manistee: $11,200 for 30 current employees and two new hires through West Shore Community College.
“Investing in our workers enables manufacturing companies to continue to grow and strengthen the local economy,” MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. “Their presence makes it easier for communities to attract future business investment and residential development.”
Since 1994, nearly $335 million in EDJT grants has helped more than 602,000 Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
In her 2006 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. For more information about the MEDC, please visit the Web site at www.MichiganBusiness.org..
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