Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that a $120,000 Economic Development Job Training grant has been awarded to support skills upgrading for 115 current employees and five new hires at the Hi-Lex Research and Development Center in Rochester Hills. The grant is being made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
“Staying current with the pace of change in manufacturing innovation is critical for high-tech companies to remain competitive,” Granholm said. “This training assistance will ensure that Hi-Lex’s highly trained research and engineering professionals remain on the cutting edge of technology.”
The company has chosen Oakland Community College to conduct cutting-edge training in advanced manufacturing applications.
Hi-Lex Controls was founded in 1989. The U.S. parent, TSK of America, is owned by Hi-Lex Corporation, a global company based in Takarazuka City, Japan. In addition to Rochester Hills, Hi-Lex has facilities at Battle Creek, Hudson and Litchfield. The company committed to expanding its Michigan operations after state leaders met with them during the governor's second trade mission to Japan in May 2006.
“Hi-Lex is a long-time member of Michigan’s business community,” MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. “We are happy to be able to support advanced manufacturing training for employees at their R&D center in Rochester Hills.”
Since 1994, nearly $340 million in EDJT grants has helped more than 610,000 Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
“Oakland County is able to compete for businesses globally because of the continuing education and training of our experienced workforce,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Technologies in research and development change rapidly and it’s vital that our skilled professionals evolve with those innovations to give us a competitive advantage.”
In her 2007 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. For more information about the MEDC, please visit the Web site at www.MichiganBusiness.org..
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