Monday, February 13, 2006
Michael Shore, MEDC
Grants Total $1.2 Million
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced a total of $1.2 million in Economic Development Job Training funding to upgrade the skills of 845 current employees and train 351 new hires at five southeastMichigancompanies. The funding, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will provide workers with state-of-the-art training in various manufacturing processes.
Every business knows you need a superior workforce to compete and win in the global economy,” Granholm said. “These grants will help these companies continue to grow and create good-paying jobs inMichigan.”
In her 2006 State of the State address, Governor Granholm emphasized the need to makeMichigana global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. StrengtheningMichigan’s workforce is part of that plan, with job training one of the tools being used to enhanceMichigan’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 educational institutions and the five companies benefiting from the grants are:
Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance,Dundee- $400,000 for 119 new employees trained throughMonroeCountyCommunity College.
Umicore, Auburn Hills - $22,500 for 35 current, 10 new employees trained throughOaklandCommunity College
Inalfa Roof Systems, Auburn Hills - $100,000 for 100 current, 116 new employees trained throughOaklandCommunity College
Garden Fresh Salsa Company, Auburn Hills - $83,000 for 110 current, 56 new employees trained throughOaklandCommunity College
American Axle and Manufacturing,Detroit- $650,000 for 600 current, 50 new employees trained throughDeltaCollege
“EDJT funding has enabled companies to partner with the state’s excellent institutions of higher learning to produce the most highly skilled workers in the world,” MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. “I commend these five companies for their commitment to their employees and to the state ofMichigan.”
Since 1994, more than $325 million in EDJT grants have helped over half a millionMichiganworkers 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. For moreinformation about the MEDC, please visit our Web site at www.MichiganBusiness.org.
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