Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Michael Shore, MEDC
Training through Macomb Community College to Bolster Four Companies
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $170,863 Economic Development Job Training grant to upgrade the skills of 350 current workers and 114 new hires at four companies in Chesterfield Twp., Fraser, Shelby Twp. and Warren through Macomb Community College. The grant, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Program (MCP), will provide employees with cutting-edge training in advanced automotive and manufacturing applications as defined by each company's products and needs.
"A highly trained and skilled workforce is vital to attracting and retaining business in the state," Granholm said. "This grant will ensure the continued success of these companies and a high quality of life in their communities as they continue to add new jobs."
The following four companies will benefit from the job training:
Mercury Product Corporation of Michigan in Chesterfield Twp. will use $36,564 to train 55 current workers and five new hires;
Anderson-Cook in Fraser will use $41,063 to train 85 current workers and five new hires;
Plastic Trends in Shelby Twp. will use $72,325 to train 160 current workers and 100 new workers; and
Lamb Technicon will use $20,911 to train 50 current workers and four new hires.
Under the terms of the award, the companies will provide a minimum 30 percent funding match.
"As the manufacturing industry continues to grow into high-tech fields, EDJT grants ensure Michigan workers have the skills to grow with it," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said.
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.
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.
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.