Monday, April 30, 2007
Michael Shore, MEDC
Award of $47,500 Will Benefit Port Huron Employees
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that a $47,500 Economic Development Job Training grant has been awarded to support skills upgrading for 30 current employees and 65 new hires at ALD Thermal in Port Huron. The funding is made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
"This training will provide ALD Thermal workers with the skills needed to remain competitive in today's global economy, and keep jobs here in Michigan," Granholm said.
The company has chosen St. Clair Community College to conduct cutting-edge training in advanced manufacturing applications.
ALD Thermal is a subsidiary of German-owned ALD Vacuum Technologies and has recently completed a $20 million expansion in Port Huron.
"We are happy that ALD is expanding manufacturing operations in Michigan and that we are able to support skills training for their new employees," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito.
Since 1994, nearly $340 million in EDJT grants has helped more than 610,000 Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
"ALD Thermal has been an outstanding company for our community since locating here 18 months ago," Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County Executive Director Doug Alexander said. "Their cutting-edge technology in heat-treating is rapidly gaining traction in alternative markets to automotive. ALD has fulfilled all its commitments for jobs and investment as promised."
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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