For Immediate Release - April 29, 2008

Governor Patrick Announces $276,466 in Workforce Training Fund Grants for the Merrimack Valley Region

New funding represents part of the Governor's economic plan to fast track investments for Massachusetts workers and infrastructure projects

HAVERHILL - Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - Continuing his plan to make economic stimulus investments in communities across the Commonwealth, Governor Deval Patrick tonight announced Workforce Training Fund grants for five companies in the Merrimack Valley region totaling $276,466.

Governor Patrick, who announced the grants at the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, said that investing in workforce training is part of the Administration's comprehensive strategy to make investments that will create a culture of opportunity focused on restrained spending and long-and-short-term investment, while preparing for the impacts of a softening economy.

"These funds will help train 429 people and enable these companies to grow stronger," said Governor Patrick. "Achieving immediate and long-term growth in the Commonwealth requires investments like this one at the regional level."

The Workforce Training Fund (WTF), administered by the Department of Workforce Development, under the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, provides business and labor organizations with matching grants of up to $250,000 or more in certain cases to finance incumbent worker training.

"Companies in this region and all across the Commonwealth look to the Workforce Training Fund as an important partner to upgrade the skills of their workforce," said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Suzanne M. Bump. "By making these investments today, we can take steps to close the gap between the skills our workers have and the skills needed for the future."

This grant announcement follows a major speech by the Governor on the economy, at which he announced that Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Suzanne M. Bump would be expediting the release over $18 million in grants to 200 companies throughout Massachusetts in order to train over 16,000 workers in every region of the Commonwealth in the coming weeks.

The following companies will receive a Workforce Training Fund grant:

  • Atlee of Delaware, Inc., North Andover: $19,000 to train 14 workers in ISO 9000 quality management system development plus training of selected personnel in ISO 9000 auditing; continuous improvement and project management.
  • California Products Corp., Andover: $10,550 to train 56 workers in safety training and basic ESL training to several Spanish speaking employees.
  • Double N, Inc., Lawrence: $162,050 to train 233 workers in Lean Manufacturing principles, sales and marketing strategic planning, advanced project and time management and software.
  • Dynamics Research Corp., Andover: $45,000 to provide training for 15 workers in service oriented architecture and web services.
  • Northern Massachusetts Telephone Workers Community Credit Union, Lowell: $39,866 to train 111 workers in sales, customer service and leadership and management.

The Workforce Training Fund has helped thousands of employers gain a competitive advantage by investing in job-related training for hundreds of thousands of their employees. Since the Fund's inception in 1999, more than 4,100 grants have been awarded totaling over $150 million to train more than 208,000 Massachusetts workers.

For information on the Workforce Training Fund, visit www.mass.gov/wtf.

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