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Granholm Announces Grant to Boost Skills of 526 Workers in Howell, Livonia

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Training through Schoolcraft College to Strengthen Three Companies

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $179,647 Economic Development Job Training grant to upgrade the skills of 476 current workers and 50 new hires at three companies in Howell and Livonia through Schoolcraft 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 manufacturing applications as defined by each company's products and needs.

"Michigan's collective talent of high-skilled workers is allowing our manufacturers to remain competitive in today's economy, grow and add new employees," Granholm said. "This funding will ensure that the best workers in the world are found right here in our state."

The following three companies will benefit from the job training funding:

  • Alpha Stamping Company in Livonia will use $45,260 to train 130 current workers;
  • Ovidon in Howell will use $17,407 to train 50 current workers and 10 new hires; and

Under the terms of the award, the companies will provide a minimum 30 percent funding match.

"EDJT grants in Michigan have helped thousands of workers upgrade their skills and hundreds of companies increase their productivity," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. "A top-notch workforce is a vital component of a business-friendly environment."

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.