Thursday, September 08, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Job Training Will Enhance Skills of 94 Workers
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $48,990 Economic Development Job Training grant to upgrade the skills of 54 current workers and 40 new hires at BR Metals in Spring Lake. The funding, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will underwrite state-of-the-art training in various manufacturing processes as well as managerial and information technology skills.
"The leaders of BR Metals know that a solid, skilled workforce is vital to keeping manufacturing business in the state," Granholm said. "This grant will strengthen the Spring Lake community by both retaining and creating jobs in this important industry sector."
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, the Northwest Ottawa Chamber Foundation will be the grant administrator and BR Metals will provide a minimum 25 percent funding match.
"BR Metals is excited to partner with the state of Michigan," General Manager Jack Russell said. "This training grant will enhance our workforce and enable us to be competitive globally right here from Spring Lake. Our company continues to grow in this global economy thanks to programs like this. Our employees are our most valuable resource and they make the difference in quality and productivity. This is truly an investment that will grow and pay dividends to all involved."
BR Metals specializes in metal stamping and engineering as well as secondary operations such as welding and assembly for the automotive industry.
"EDJT grants have helped train thousands of Michigan workers," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. "Without this valuable funding, our workforce would soon lag behind other states and countries making it difficult to compete for investment."
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.