Workforce development grants boost mid-Michigan companies

There's a long list of mid-Michigan companies receiving grants from the Michigan Strategic Fund this year for skilled trades training to help connect workers to jobs and match skills with employer needs.
The money comes from the state Skilled Trades Training Fund and totals $8.6 million across the state for 2015. It's administrated through local Michigan Works! agencies an goes to companies who commit to hiring workers who participate in the training programs funded, or to retaining existing workers who get additional training.
Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw was a big recipient, with $189,000 in job training funding. GM in Bay City and Flint was another, with the power train plant in Bay City getting $57,647, Flint Assembly getting $19,754 and Flint Engine getting $59,180.
Other Saginaw companies also are getting boosts. Fullerton Tool receives $64,932; Accurate Carbide Tool Co. gets $7,350; CIGNYS - Saginaw Products Corp. receives $31,500; JRB Personnel gets $27,184; Star Crane and Hoist Service gets $6,808; and Saginaw Metal Castings will get $50,072.
In Alma, Avalon and Tahoe Manufacturing gets $49,370. In Freeland, Zentx Media Group gets $7,833. In Au Gres, Bopp-Busch Manufacturing gets $8,338. In Bay City, Cambron Engineering will get $5,250, and in Flint, American SpiralWeld Pipe gets $44,100.
In Owosso, healthcare was the focus, as Memorial Healthcare will receive $57,170, while Covenant Eyes gets $50, 675.
In Standish, three manufacturers are benefiting from an employment and training consortium covering them and other regional companies. Globe Fire Sprinkler will get $4,016; Vantage Plastics will get $30,821, and Airpark Plastics will get $17,990.
Finally, in the Thumb area, Huron Tool and Engineering in Bad Axe will get $34,211 and H&H Tool in Lapeer receives $37,390.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Economic Development Corporation
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