Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Job Training will Help Employees, Company Stay Competitive
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $200,000 Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) grant to upgrade the skills of 850 workers at Alcoa Howmet Castings in Whitehall. The grant, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will provide employees with specialized training in streamlined and more efficient advanced manufacturing methods.
"Providing our workers with cutting-edge skills will allow us to make Michigan competitive in a 21st century global economy," Granholm said. "This grant will help Alcoa Howmet continue to invest in Whitehall, strengthening the community and its workforce for years to come."
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 used to enhance Michigan's business-friendly climate.
Under the terms of the award, the Muskegon/Oceana Consortium will be the grant administrator with Alcoa Howmet providing a minimum 25 percent funding match.
Alcoa Investment Cast and Forged Products, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alcoa, is the world's largest manufacturer of precision-cast super alloy and titanium components for aerospace and industrial gas turbine engines and non-aerospace applications. Headquartered in Cleveland, Alcoa Investment Cast and Forged Products and its affiliates employ more than 8,000 workers at 28 manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Japan. The company's Whitehall facility employs more than 2,400 workers. For more information visit the Alcoa Howmet's Web site at www.howmet.com
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.
"Companies looking to expand and compete in today's globally competitive economy need highly skilled and highly trained workers," MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway said. "The EDJT program ensures that those workers are found right here in Michigan."
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.