For Immediate Release - June 27, 2013

Patrick Administration awards $5.7 million in Workforce Training Fund program grants

Matching grants complement private sector workforce training initiatives; Grants benefit over 5,600 employees at 72 Massachusetts companies

BOSTON – Thursday, June 27, 2013 – The Patrick Administration today announced $5.7 million in the Workforce Training Fund General Grant Program, providing for the training of over 5,600 current and newly hired employees at 72 Massachusetts companies across the Commonwealth. The grants, which are for up to two years, serve as a resource for businesses to increase the skill set of their incumbent employees and provide valuable training to the workers. As a result of these awarded grants, participating companies project to create 414 new jobs by the end of 2015.

“The Workforce Training Fund offers employees the ability to learn new skills and expertise that allows their employers to compete more effectively in their respective industries,” said Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein. “It’s a proven resource and we look forward to working with the business community to further implement training initiatives and partner with them to maintain a highly skilled workforce in all regions and all economic sectors of the Commonwealth.”

Today’s Workforce Training Fund Program grants build on the record investments in workforce training and education made by the Patrick Administration in recent years. Within the manufacturing industry alone, the Administration awarded more than $10 million through this grant program to 117 manufacturers over the last two years. This latest round of Workforce Training Fund Program grants further supports manufacturers as well as initiatives to enhance skills for employees in other sectors including financial services, engineering and hospitality.

“Massachusetts companies recognize that their ability to compete globally depends in large measure on the skills of their workers. The grants announced today will strengthen those skills, as well as the productivity, efficiency and innovation of Bay State employers,” said Richard C. Lord, President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Industries of Massachusetts and Chair of the Workforce Training Fund Program Advisory Board.

“We encourage businesses, regardless of size, to contact us to learn more about the Workforce Training Fund and how this resource can help them to address their business needs,” said Nancy Snyder, President and CEO of EOLWD’s Commonwealth Corporation. "We are also interested in helping small businesses access the fund through consortiums that can be organized by third party workforce and training organizations.”

This round of Workforce Training Fund Program grants support companies located in more than 50 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Of the 64 awarded grants, two are technical assistance grants, or planning grants, to prepare companies prior to implementing workforce training grants and initiatives. Additionally, two grants were awarded to consortium projects involving multiple employers with common training needs.

The following is a complete list of the awarded Workforce Training Fund General Program Grant Recipients (listed by city/town), totaling $5,727,662:

ABINGTON

Anderson Insulation, Inc., $109,600 awarded, 82 employees to be trained, seven new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

ATTLEBORO

CMT Materials, Inc., $106,540 awarded, 35 employees to be trained, two new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

AVON

D'Allesandro Corporation, $90,869 awarded, 85 employees to be trained, four new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

BEDFORD

C.E. Floyd Company, Inc., $67,200 awarded, 29 employees to be trained, two new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

F.W. Webb Company, $95,200 awarded, 143 employees to be trained, four new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

iWalk, Inc., $115,100 awarded, 51 employees to be trained, four new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

BERKLEY

Malloch Construction Company, Inc., $29,234 awarded, 15 employees to be trained, 2 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

BILLERICA

Entegris, Inc., $128,510 awarded, 55 employees to be trained, five new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

BOSTON

CMJ Management Company, Inc., $208,992 awarded, 275 employees to be trained, 12 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

PHT Corporation, $201,115 awarded, 227 employees to be trained, 20 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

Tekscan, Inc., $48,600 awarded, 20 employees to be trained, seven new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

BRAINTREE

Corcoran Management Company, Inc., $179,553 awarded, 275 employees to be trained, 30 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

Hub Pen Company, $94,600 awarded, 151 employees to be trained, five new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

Symmons Industries, Inc., $199,000 awarded, 200 employees to be trained, five new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

BROCKTON

Uno Foods, Inc., $67,200 awarded, 248 employees to be trained.

CHELMSFORD

Brooks Automation, Inc., $227,340 awarded, 427 employees to be trained, 10 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

Kronos Incorporated, $220,900 awarded, 320 employees to be trained, 30 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

CHICOPEE

Covidien LP, $143,300 awarded, 225 employees to be trained, six new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

DIGHTON

Armin Innovative Products, Inc. (dba RNR Plastics, Advanced Looseleaf Technologies), $67,104 awarded, 75 employees to be trained, 12 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

FAIRHAVEN

Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association, Inc., $64,910 awarded, 43 employees to be trained, four new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

FALL RIVER

Mechanics Cooperative Bank, $69,017 awarded, 56 employees to be trained, five new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

FRANKLIN

Cabem Technologies, LLC, $23,200 awarded, 11 employees to be trained, one new job is expected to be created as a result of training.

Tegra Medical, $248,400 awarded, 240 employees to be trained, 15 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

GLOUCESTER

Common Crow Natural Health, $65,265 awarded, 36 employees to be trained, 14 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

GRANBY

C & G Machine Tool, Inc., $27,093 awarded, nine employees to be trained, one new job is expected to be created as a result of training.

GREENFIELD

New England Natural Bakers, Inc., $81,395 awarded, 36 employees to be trained, two new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

HAVERHILL

Baril Corporation, $97,200 awarded, 30 employees to be trained, seven new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

Pentucket Bank, $96,260 awarded, 95 employees to be trained, five new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

HOLLISTON

Ward Process, Inc. (dba American Acoustical Products), $88,000 awarded, 54 employees to be trained, six new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

HOLYOKE

Sealed Air Corporation, $47,310 awarded, 68 employees to be trained, two new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

HUDSON

Lancaster Packaging, Inc., $45,000 awarded, 20 employees to be trained, one new job is expected to be created as a result of training.

LAWRENCE

Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union, $64,114 awarded, 55 employees to be trained, eight new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

LEOMINSTER

Electro Wire, Inc., $104,415 awarded, 68 employees to be trained, 10 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

LITTLETON

Dakin Road Investments, Inc., $36,000 awarded, 18 employees to be trained, one new job is expected to be created as a result of training.

LYNN

Traditional Breads, Inc., $74,800 awarded, 59 employees to be trained, three new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

MANSFIELD

PrimeraDx, Inc., $55,800 awarded, 37 employees to be trained, 10 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

MARLBROUGH

Massachusetts Credit Union League, $219,213 awarded, 210 employees of to be trained, eight new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.  This is a consortium grant involving four additional companies: Southbridge Credit Union of Southbridge; Central One Federal Credit Union of Shrewsbury; St. Mary's Credit Union of Marlborough; and St. Jean's Credit Union of Salem.

NEWBURYPORT

Arwood Machine Corporation, $25,000 awarded for a technical assistance planning grant within the Workforce Training Fund General Program. 

Mersen USA Newburyport – MA, LLC, $88,800 awarded, 58 employees to be trained, five new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

NORTH ADAMS

Cascade School Supplies, Inc., $21,120 awarded, 21 employees to be trained, two new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

NORTHBOROUGH

Microwave Component & Systems, Inc., $22,080 awarded, 10 employees to be trained, three new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

THG Corporation (dba The Hope Group, Hope Air Systems, Sorensen Systems), $97,440 awarded, 75 employees to be trained, three new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

NORWOOD

AG Salesworks, Inc., $76,425 awarded, 57 employees to be trained, 12 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

PALMER

Rathbone Precision Metals, Inc., $102,108 awarded, 35 employees to be trained, four new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

PEABODY

Harmonic Drive LLC, $102,400 awarded, 37 employees to be trained.

PITTSFIELD

Excelsior Printing Company, $11,858 awarded for a technical assistance planning grant within the Workforce Training Fund General Program. 

Pittsfield Plastics Engineering, Inc., $28,000 awarded, 84 employees to be trained, nine new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

RAYNHAM

Munro Distributing Co. Inc., $48,940 awarded, 24 employees to be trained, 10 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

SHREWSBURY

Advanced Microsensors Corp., $41,625 awarded, 40 employees to be trained, 10 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

SOMERVILLE

Triumvirate Environmental, $181,244 awarded, 80 employees to be trained, seven new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

SOUTH DENNIS

Rogers & Gray Insurance Agency, Inc., $60,750 awarded, 110 employees to be trained, six new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

SOUTH EASTON

Pop Tops Sportswear Co. Inc., $37,710 awarded, 28 employees to be trained, four new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

SOUTHBOROUGH

Graphic Arts Institute of New England (dba Printing Industries of New England), $234,650 awarded, 183 employees to be trained, six new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training. This is a consortium grant involving four additional companies: Bassette Printers of Springfield; Boutwell, Owens, & Co. of Fitchburg; Flagship Press of North Andover; and Shawmut Advertising of Danvers.

TOPSFIELD

East Coast Metrology, LLC, $23,400 awarded, 15 employees to be trained, three new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

TURNER FALLS

Nex Performance Films (dba New England Extrusions), $71,750 awarded, 56 employees to be trained, six new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

WEST BOYLSTON

Checkerboard, $60,930 awarded, 52 employees to be trained, two new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

WEST SPRINGFIELD

Kielb Welding Enterprises, Inc., $26,400 awarded, eight employees to be trained, one new job is expected to be created as a result of training.

WESTBOROUGH

Middlesex Savings Bank, $181,469 awarded, 408 employees to be trained, eight new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

WESTFIELD

Boise Cascade Building Materials Distribution LLC, $55,200 awarded, 56 employees to be trained, three new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

Peerless Precision, Inc., $34,530 awarded, 18 employees to be trained, one new job is expected to be created as a result of training.

WEYMOUTH

George Washington Toma TV & Appliance, Inc., $29,385 awarded, 15 employees to be trained, five new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

WILMINGTON

Implant Sciences Corporation, $42,900 awarded, 44 employees to be trained, 30 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

WOBURN

Admiral Metals Service Center Company, Inc., $55,000 awarded, 26 employees to be trained, two new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

Greene Rubber Company, Inc., $59,200 awarded, 43 employees to be trained, two new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

To learn more about the Workforce Training Fund Program, visit www.mass.gov/wtfp.

 

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