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Grant Secures Manufacturing Jobs in Manistee and Ludington

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Job Training Will Enhance Skills of 296 Workers

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced a $148,000 Economic Development Job Training grant to upgrade the skills of 283 existing workers and 13 new hires at Metalworks in Ludington and sister company Fab-Lite Inc. in Manistee. The funding, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will provide state-of-the-art training in various manufacturing processes as well as managerial and information technology skills.

"Michigan's workforce is one of our greatest assets in attracting and retaining business in the state," Granholm said. "This grant will help strengthen these companies' roots in Ludington and Manistee by preparing their workforce for today's global 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, West Shore Community College will be the grant administrator and Metalworks will provide a minimum 25 percent funding match.

"Metalworks launched its 2005 "World Class Survivor" campaign to insure improved competitive position and greater job security for employees," Metalworks President Tom Paine said. "The campaign calls for a major re-tooling in every part of the business from manufacturing to administrative. We are now successfully proceeding with our campaign, which would not have been possible without the support from the MEDC."

Metalworks and Fab-Lite manufacture metal filing and storage products to the office furniture market.

"EDJT grants have helped hundreds of companies remain competitive in the marketplace," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. "A well-trained workforce is one of the best tools you can have to retain and grow business."

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.