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Job Training Grants to Create, Retain 429 Manufacturing Jobs in Lower Michigan

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Michael Shore, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Total Awards of $293,490 Will Benefit Employees in Three Counties

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced that $293,490 in Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) grants is being made available to upgrade the skills of 429 workers, including 149 new hires, employed by three companies in Michigan. The companies are located in Ottawa, Saginaw, and St. Joseph counties. The grants are being made available by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

”Maintaining our highly skilled and adaptable workforce is critical as we work to bring new jobs and investments to Michigan,” Granholm said. “These grants will provide workers in Zeeland, Saginaw, and White Pigeon with the skills they need to ensure their companies remain competitive in today’s global market.”

Employees will be provided with cutting-edge training in advanced automotive and manufacturing applications as defined by each company’s products and needs.

The following EDJT grants will be provided:

  • Gentex Corporationin Zeeland: $211,990 for 145 current employees and 105 new hires through the Northwest Ottawa Chamber Foundation;


  • InCal Technologiesin Saginaw: $59,500 for 30 current employees and 40 new hires through Delta College;


  • Universal Forest Productsin White Pigeon: $22,000 for 105 current employees and four new hires through Glen Oaks Community College.


“Employees and employers are challenged to adapt to new processes and technologies on an ongoing basis,” MEDC President and CEO James Epolito said. “This funding will help these companies keep their workers’ skills at the cutting edge of manufacturing innovation.”

Since 1994, more than $334 million in EDJT grants has helped more than 602,000 Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.

In her 2006 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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