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Granholm Announces Grant to Help Three U.P. Manufacturers be More Competitive

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Training through Gogebic Community College will boost worker skills

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a $22,500 job training grant to upgrade the skills of 45 current workers at three companies in Gogebic County through Gogebic Community College. The grant, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Program (MCP), will provide company supervisors with advanced management and leadership training.

"This valuable training will provide each of these growing companies with a knowledgeable and skilled leadership team that will help them compete and win in the global economy," Granholm said.

The following three companies will benefit from the Economic Development Job Training grant:

  • Extreme Tool & Engineering in Wakefield will use $5,000 to train 10 current workers;
  • Ironwood Plastics in Ironwood will use $4,000 to train eight current workers; and
  • Jacquart Fabric Products in Ironwood will use $13,500 to train 27 current workers.

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

"Equipping our workers with the best training and skills will increase the competitiveness of Michigan firms and allow them to grow and compete in the 21st century," MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. "We are proud to back these U.P. companies' commitments to our workforce and our state."

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.