For Immediate Release - June 09, 2015

Baker Administration Awards More Than $10.4 Million in Workforce Training Grants

More than 7,900 workers in the state will benefit from additional training

Boston – Tuesday, June 9th 2015 – The Baker-Polito administration awarded more than $10.4 million in Workforce Training Fund grants that will enable 186 companies in Massachusetts to provide customized training to existing employees.

The grants encourage economic growth in the state by allowing companies to invest in their workforce with additional training. Companies that receive the grants often experience savings generated through improved worker productivity, which acts as a catalyst for job growth. 

Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker, II and John Barros, chief of economic development for the City of Boston, announced the grant awards Tuesday during an event at the Hampton Inn and Suites Crosstown Center in Roxbury. Representatives from Associated Industries of Massachusetts, English for New Bostonians, the Boston Private Industry Council, and Massachusetts AFL-CIO joined the event to announce the grants.

“These grants are a tremendous resource in the Commonwealth for businesses and workers,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “This will create an opportunity for employers to invest in the skills of their workforce in order to address shifts in technology and strengthen their competitiveness in the global economy.”

 

“With these grants, we are supporting small businesses in their efforts to upgrade the skills of their workforce and ensure they can grow in order to remain competitive,” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said.

 

The Workforce Training Fund is a program of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.  The program is administered by Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public state agency that fosters partnerships between industry, education, and workforce organizations to strengthen skills for youth and adults in order to help them thrive in the state’s economy.

 

The Workforce Training Fund provides grants of up to $250,000 to companies of any size in Massachusetts to pay for workforce training over a two-year period. Grants are awarded to projects that will upgrade workers skills, increase productivity and competiveness of Massachusetts businesses, and create additional jobs. Grants are matched dollar-for-dollar by the recipients.

“These grants are a tremendous resource, particularly for small businesses, to invest in their workforce and increase efficiency and productivity by giving workers additional skills,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker, II. “With the state and the nation facing a skills gap in the workforce, anytime we can provide opportunities for additional training for people, we are helping the economy.”

 

“The people of Boston and our Commonwealth, who hail from every neighborhood and every corner of the world, fuel Boston's economic growth,” Barros said. “Business investment in training is among the best ways to cultivate great talent and maximize the value that working men and women bring to our economy. Workforce Training Fund grants present an excellent opportunity for Boston companies to invest in our greatest resource - our people.”
 

“Employers throughout the state understand the importance of a highly skilled workforce.” Rick Lord, president and chief executive officer of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, said.  “The Workforce Training Fund is an important tool for assisting Massachusetts businesses in becoming more competitive by investing in the skills of their workers.  I am pleased to see more businesses taking advantage of this opportunity and encourage others to do so.”

The grants also offer an opportunity for local businesses to improve communication and productivity at work by providing valuable language training for people whose native tongue is not English, (ESOL).

Claudia Green, executive director of English for New Bostonians - who helped to organize the event - spoke about the value of the Workforce Training Fund in providing English-language skills.

“When it comes to our state’s growing immigrant workforce, the mutual benefits of the Workforce Training Fund are crystal clear,” Green said. “Businesses need employees who can communicate with customers, patients and vendors, and who can grow in their jobs. Employees need businesses that will invest in their skills. English is the foundation and it’s everybody’s necessity.”

Hampton Inn and Suites Crosstown Center, which was awarded a Workforce Training Fund grant in 2013, hosted the morning event.  The grant provided funding for customer service and hospitality management training, which is still ongoing.  

Immediately following the announcement, area businesses participated in an information session on the Workforce Training Fund program to learn more about on-going grant opportunities. The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, and its partner organizations, hope to encourage businesses to address workforce training needs - including English language skills – through the Workforce Training Fund. The Workforce Training Fund awards over $1 million each month, on a rolling basis throughout the year.  Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.commcorp.org/wtfp to learn more.

 

The following is a complete list of the awarded Workforce Training Fund General Program grant recipients announced today (listed by community):

 

City

Company Name

Amount Awarded

Projected Number of Employees to be Trained

New Jobs Expected to be Created

ABINGTON

ABINGTON BANK

$30,000

26

2

ABINGTON

SCHUREMED

$39,400

15

3

ABINGTON

WALSH MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS

$185,145

56

3

AGAWAM

BRIDGEPORT NATIONAL BINDERY

$122,200

100

3

ALLSTON

ALLSTON POWER, LLC

$60,000

15

2

ARLINGTON

LEADER BANK, N.A.

$137,156

187

2

ASHFIELD

DOUBLE EDGE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS, INC.

$24,920

8

1

AUBURN

WEBSTER 5 CENTS SAVINGS BANK

$137,375

155

7

AVON

BOSTON BRACE INTERNATIONAL, INC

$50,600

63

10

BEVERLY

BEVERLY BANK

$150,000

74

2

BEVERLY

COMMUNICATIONS AND POWER INDUSTRIES

$246,000

187

15

BILLERICA

AS&E

$110,200

135

9

BILLERICA

INSULET CORPORATION

$167,680

88

5

BOSTON

CBI CONSULTING, INC.

$37,800

24

2

BOSTON

CONSOLIDATED STERILIZER SYSTEMS

$41,140

37

3

BOSTON

MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION FOR COMMUNITY ACTION

(THIS IS A TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANT AWARDED TO A CONSORTIUM WHICH ALSO INCLUDES:

GREATER LAWRENCE COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL OF LAWRENCE;

SOUTH SHORE COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL OF PLYMOUTH;

LYNN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL OF LYNN;

SPRINGFIELD PARTNERS FOR COMMUNITY ACTION OF SPRINGFIELD; AND

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF SOMERVILLE)

$25,000

n/a

n/a

BOSTON

MASSACHUSETTS BANKERS ASSOCIATON

(THIS IS A CONSORTIUM GRANT WHICH INCLUDES:

BAYCOAST BANK OF SWANSEA;

WEBSTER 5 SAVINGS BANK OF AUBURN;

STONEHAM BANK OF STONEHAM;

MECHANICS COOPERATIVE BANK OF FALL RIVER; AND

CHICOPEE SAVINGS BANK OF CHICOPEE)

$236,100

193

4

BRAINTREE

VETERANS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, INC.

$49,760

21

5

BROCKTON

CUSHMAN INSURANCE, INC.

$22,700

23

0

BROCKTON

SPENCE & CO. LTD. INC.

$53,000

37

2

BROOKLINE

PARIS CREPERIE

$31,000

23

0

BURLINGTON

AVID TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

$205,950

84

3

BURLINGTON

H MART BOSTON LLC

$176,000

46

5

BURLINGTON

IBASIS INC.

$64,950

76

5

CAMBRIDGE

MASS. EYE RESEARCH AND SURGERY INSTITUTION

$81,575

17

2

CAMBRIDGE

THOMAS G. GALLAGHER, INC.

$86,400

70

5

CHELMSFORD

QVIDIAN CORPORATION

$110,260

44

5

CHICOPEE

MECHANICAL DRIVE COMPONENTS, INC.

$27,905

9

1

CHICOPEE

POLISH NATIONAL CREDIT UNION

$139,100

87

1

CLINTON

STERLING PRECISION, INC

$37,200

22

3

EAST LONGMEADOW

PREMIER  SOURCE CREDIT UNION

$34,160

23

1

EASTHAM

CAPE ASSOCIATES, INC.

$143,013

121

10

FRAMINGHAM

BOSE CORPORATION

$249,999

720

50

FRANKLIN

PIERCE ALUMINUM

$185,930

62

2

GARDNER

GAAMHA, INC.

(THIS IS A CONSORTIUM GRANT WHICH INCLUDES:

COLEMAN ASSEMBLY & PACKAGING OF GARDNER)

$80,270

62

3

GARDNER

GVNA HEALTHCARE, INC.

$90,860

57

7

GLOUCESTER

GAP PROMOTIONS LLC

$39,808

18

1

HANSON

PRESIDENT TITANIUM CO., INC.

$42,940

22

1

HAVERHILL

MORGAN SCIENTIFIC, INC.

$25,200

12

2

HOLLISTON

VERISTAT LLC

$114,985

76

10

HOLYOKE

CONKLIN OFFICE SERVICES

$44,309

65

0

HUDSON

BORG DESIGN, INC.

$74,550

21

5

LAWRENCE

GREATER LAWRENCE COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL, INC.

$45,000

117

0

LEOMINSTER

INNOVATIVE MOLD SOLUTIONS, INC.

$123,600

57

9

LITTLETON

DIAMOND ANTENNA AND MICROWAVE CORPORATION

$132,000

62

3

LITTLETON

IMAGE STREAM MEDICAL

$82,480

56

10

LONGMEADOW

WILLIE ROSS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, INC.

$21,600

45

0

LOWELL

CORTRON, INC.

$198,576

47

3

LOWELL

ENTERPRISE BANK & TRUST COMPANY

$170,970

262

8

LUDLOW

B & R MACHINE

$39,560

34

5

MALDEN

THE PRINT HOUSE

$47,840

12

1

MANSFIELD

UNITED STATIONERS SUPPLY

(THIS IS A CONSORTIUM GRANT WHICH INCLUDES:

ORS NASCO, INC. OF MANSFIELD)

$111,100

57

2

MARLBOROUGH

ADCOLE CORPORATION

$95,000

112

0

MARLBOROUGH

COOPERATIVE CREDIT UNION ASSOCIATION, INC.

(THIS IS A CONSORTIUM GRANT WHICH INCLUDES:

TAUNTON FEDERAL CREDIT UNION OF TAUNTON; AND

IC FEDERAL CREDIT UNION OF FITCHBURG)

$158,228

114

3

MARLBOROUGH

PARK PLACE TECHNOLOGIES

$69,600

72

2

MARLBOROUGH

QUEST DIAGNOSTICS, INC.

$205,572

205

0

MEDFORD

HOFF'S BAKERY

$53,300

18

7

MIDDLEBORO

BROOKFIELD ENGINEERING LABORATORIES, INC.

$212,488

185

2

MIDDLETON

NEWCASTLE SYSTEMS

$47,300

13

1

MILFORD

COMARK, LLC

$146,400

66

5

NEEDHAM

EURO-PRO MANAGEMENT, LLC

$176,950

232

75

NEEDHAM

ACCELERATION PARTNERS, LLC

$38,564

16

3

NEW BEDFORD

AHEAD, LLC

$209,930

254

11

NEW BEDFORD

HTP

$64,600

13

0

NEW BEDFORD

NAMEPLATES FOR INDUSTRY, INC.

$80,550

42

3

NEW BEDFORD

POYANT SIGNS, INC

$38,400

12

6

NEWBURYPORT

BERKSHIRE MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS, INC.

$70,650

18

5

NEWBURYPORT

BRADFORD & BIGELOW, INC.

$246,762

109

5

NORTH BILLERICA

SPINCRAFT - MA

$90,630

45

5

NORTH CHATHAM

BROAD REACH HEALTHCARE

$63,800

100

0

NORTH EASTON

BANK OF EASTON, A COOPERATIVE BANK

$18,343

22

0

NORTH READING

NGP MANAGEMENT (D/B/A DUNKIN DONUTS)

(NGP MANAGEMENT, LLC IS LEADING A CONSORTIUM OF 64 DUNKIN FRANCHISES)

$181,840

215

0

NORWOOD

HOME MARKET FOODS

$202,680

125

4

NORWOOD

KAUFMAN COMPANY, INC.

$86,100

49

3

NORWOOD

MANUFACTURING RESOURCE GROUP

$52,800

66

5

OXFORD

WILSON LANGUAGE TRAINING CORPORATION

$14,400

15

5

PEABODY

AES CORPORATION

$150,600

56

10

PEABODY

SAFETY INC. AND IFACILITY SERVICES

$18,690

5

4

PEABODY

SPECIALIZED TURNING

$48,950

18

3

REVERE

NECCO, INC.

$200,350

230

6

ROXBURY

CHILDREN'S SERVICES OF ROXBURY

$226,412

134

9

SHREWSBURY

AMERICAN GOURMET GROUP, LLC

(THIS IS A CONSORTIUM GRANT WHICH INCLUDES:

HEBERT RETAIL, LLC OF SHREWSBURY)

$24,100

23

7

SHREWSBURY

DONAHUE INDUSTRIES, INC.

$33,200

15

0

SOMERVILLE

GENTLE GIANT MOVING COMPANY

(THIS IS A TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANT)

$24,750

20

n/a

SOUTHBRIDGE

FUSED FIBEROPTICS, LLC

$3,750

5

5

SOUTHBRIDGE

HYDE TOOLS INC.

$31,550

26

3

SPRINGFIELD

PIONEER VALLEY UROLOGY, P.C.

$82,058

54

2

SPRINGFIELD

SUPER BRUSH, LLC

$129,780

67

3

SPRINGFIELD

VALET PARK OF AMERICA

$97,032

120

50

STERLING

FIBEROPTIC COMPONENTS LLC

$70,400

41

8

STERLING

SPACE AGE ELECTRONICS

$97,163

49

4

STOUGHTON

F H PETERSON MACHINE CORP.

$77,405

53

3

STOW

CPI RADANT TECHNOLOGIES DIVISION, INC.

$210,790

198

25

TAUNTON

IPC GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

$72,680

38

2

TEWKSBURY

MIDDLESEX GLASS CO., INC

$50,400

20

3

TYNGSBORO

INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND EQUIPMENT

$53,195

23

1

WAKEFIELD

ELIASSEN GROUP, LLC

$160,900

135

21

WALPOLE

ADCOUR, INC.

$23,600

7

1

WALTHAM

WALDEN BEHAVIORAL CARE, LLC

$71,300

70

18

WEBSTER

JEFFCO FIBRES

$173,800

70

20

WEST HATFIELD

CO-OP POWER

(THIS IS A TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANT AWARDED TO A CONSORTIUM WHICH ALSO INCLUDES:

ENERGIA OF HOLYOKE; AND

NORTHEAST BIODIESAL OF GREENFIELD)

$9,239

n/a

n/a

WEST SPRINGFIELD

BALISE MOTOR SALES COMPANY

$249,715

112

35

WEST SPRINGFIELD

VALENTINE PLATING CO.

$48,825

25

1

WESTBOROUGH

CSI MANUFACTURING

$144,000

36

2

WESTFIELD

KLEER LUMBER

$42,750

16

0

WINCHESTER

SALTER HEALTHCARE

(THIS IS A CONSORTIUM GRANT WHICH INCLUDES:

WINCHESTER REHABILITATION & NURSING CENTER OF WINCHESTER;

ABERJONA REHABILITATION & NURSING CENTER OF WINCHESTER; AND

WOBURN REHABILITATION & NURSING CENTER OF WOBURN)

$147,400

133

0

WOBURN

COVARIS, INC.

$78,400

59

2

WORCESTER

HOWARD PRODUCTS INCORPORTATED

$22,500

20

1

 

 

$10,485,837

7926

642

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