Thursday, September 01, 2005
Job Training Will Enhance Skills of 53 Employees
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced a $43,628 Economic Development Job Training grant to upgrade the skills of 53 workers at Benteler Automotive in Auburn Hills. The funding, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will help 53 current employees receive state-of-the-art process improvement training.
"Benteler recognizes the importance of maintaining a top-notch workforce in order to remain competitive in the global economy," Granholm said. "This grant will help the company continue to grow in Michigan by preparing its workers to meet the demands of our ever-changing economy."
In her 2005 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 being used to enhance Michigan's business-friendly climate.
Under the terms of the award, Oakland University will be the grant administrator and Benteler will provide a minimum 25 percent funding match.
Benteler Automotive Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Benteler AG, based in Paderborn, Germany. The Tier 1 automotive supplier operates several plants in Michigan manufacturing safety and structural components, chassis products, exhaust systems and tubular products used in engine applications.
Since 1994, more than $260 million in EDJT grants have helped over 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.