Friday, September 07, 2007
Bridget Beckman, MEDC
Total Awards of $791,680 Support Advanced Skills Upgrading
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced $791,680 in Economic Development Job Training grants is being made available to upgrade the skills of 1,525 workers, including 469 new hires, employed by 11 companies in Berrien, Cass, Ingham, Ionia, Iosco, Kent, Muskegon, Oakland, Ontonagon and Ottawa counties. The grants are provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
"Michigan has the best workers in the world and these job training grants will keep our workers and our businesses competitive," Granholm said. "Investing in worker training is helping us create good-paying, cutting-edge Michigan jobs."
Employees will be provided with cutting-edge training in advanced manufacturing applications as defined by each company';s products and needs. EDJT grants and training will be provided as follows:
- American Productsin Muskegon: $162,500 for 200 current employees and 125 new hires through Muskegon Community College;
- Delta Machiningin Niles: $47,880 for 83 current employees through Southwestern Michigan College;
- Howmet Castingsin Whitehall: $110,000 for 100 current employees and five new hires through Muskegon Community College;
- Kalitta Airin Oscoda: $60,000 for 125 current employees and 75 new hires through Alpena Community College;
- Lankfer Diversified Industriesin Kentwood: $103,500 for 177 current employees and 30 new hires through Orchard View School District;
- PGK Engineeringin Troy: $40,000 for 50 current employees and 30 new hires through Oakland Community College;
- Roskam Baking Companyin Grand Rapids: $75,000 for 35 current employees and 165 new hires through Grand Rapids Community College;
- Siemens Water Technologyin Holland: $40,000 for 175 current employees through Ottawa County Michigan Works!;
- Smurfit-Stone Containerin Ontonagon: $18,000 for 14 current employees through Northern Michigan University;
- Universal Forest Productsin Lansing: $24,800 for 58 current employees and four new hires through Lansing Community College; and,
- Whirlpool Corporationin Benton Harbor: $110,000 for 39 current employees and 35 new hires through Lake Michigan College.
"We are partnering with our world-class educational institutions to provide companies a deep pool of talented and trained workers," MEDC President and CEO James C. Epolito said. "A high-skilled workforce is one of the best tools we have to retain and grow businesses."
Since 1994, more than $348 million in EDJT grants has helped over 613,000 Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
In her 2007 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.michigan.org.
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