Monday, February 14, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
State-of-the-Art Training Will Help Retain Nearly 500 Workers
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced today a $109,500 Economic Development Job Training grant to help retain nearly 500 workers at Delfield Company in Mt. Pleasant. As many as 200 existing workers will receive specialized training in quality and lean manufacturing methods. The training will help secure all Delfield jobs in Mt. Pleasant by making the company more competitive in the global economy.
"Helping Delfield and other Michigan firms remain competitive in the global market is vital to maintaining and strengthening our economy in the 21st century," Granholm said. "One way the state can help is by supporting targeted training that enables workers to update their skills and makes the company as a whole better equipped to succeed in the global economy."
The grant is being provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
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.
Delfield has chosen Mid Michigan Community College to provide the training. Under the requirements of the program, the company will provide a minimum 25 percent funding match.
"Like many industries, we face increasing global competition," Delfield Group Vice President of Human Resources R.A. Anderson said. "Continuous improvement is not a choice, it's a necessity. We are fortunate that we have a great workforce eager to change and improve, and a local community college that can provide the support and training we require. This grant shows the commitment Michigan has to retaining a strong manufacturing presence in the state."
Now headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, Delfield was founded in Detroit in 1949. Part of the Enodis family of food equipment manufacturing companies, Delfield is one of the largest custom stainless steel refrigeration equipment manufacturers in the world with sales totaling more than $100 million. The company employs about 470 workers.
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.
"It's great to see companies like Delfield continue to invest in the development of their employees," MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway said. "Job training grants are an excellent way for us to support what Michigan companies are doing to become more competitive."
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.