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State Funds to Secure 668 Workers at Six Southeast Michigan Companies

Friday, October 07, 2005

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Training Grants Totaling $469,000 Will Improve Skills, Competitiveness

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a total of $469,000 in job training grants to upgrade the skills of 638 new hires and 30 current workers at six southeast Michigan companies. The funding, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will underwrite state-of-the-art training specific to each company's needs in manufacturing processes and equipment, quality, managerial and information technology skills.

"Michigan workers provide quality products and services to markets all over the world," Granholm said. "Maintaining a skilled workforce will ensure that we remain competitive in the increasingly challenging 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, a qualified educational institution will administer the training and each company will provide a minimum 25 percent funding match.

The training providers and the eight companies benefiting from the Economic Development Job Training grants are:

  • Alps Automotive Inc., Auburn Hills - $118,000 for 25 existing, 2 new workers
  • Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems, Howell - $90,000 for 5 existing, 175 new workers
  • General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights - $162,500 for 325 new workers
  • Keane, Inc., Southfield - $12,500 for 25 new workers
  • Liebherr Aerospace, Saline - $20,000 for 40 new workers
  • Saint-Gobain Sekurit, Shelby Township - $66,000 for 71 new workers

"EDJT grants are essential for Michigan to stay ahead of the curve," MEDC President and CEO Jim Epolito said. "Companies cannot hope to prosper without employees who are well prepared, and bringing the first rate skills to the job done better than the competition."

Since 1994, more than $325 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.