For Immediate Release - October 09, 2013

PATRICK ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO SUPPORT WORKFORCE TRAINING FOR MASSACHUSETTS COMPANIES

$2.8 million in matching grants complement private sector workforce training initiatives to benefit over 3,100 employees at 37 Massachusetts companies

BOSTON – Wednesday, October 9, 2013 – The Patrick Administration today announced $2.8 million in Workforce Training Fund General Program Grants, providing for the training of 3,106 current and newly hired employees at 37 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 expect to create 263 new jobs by the end of 2015.

“By investing in workforce training, we are increasing opportunity and skills for workers while also making Massachusetts companies more competitive and sustainable,” said Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein. “The Workforce Training Fund is an effective resource within the business community as we continue to encourage growth and development across all regions and economic sectors in Massachusetts.”

Wednesday’s announcement supports companies located in 30 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Of the 33 awarded grants, one is a technical assistance grant, a type of planning grant awarded to companies preparing to implement workforce training grants and initiatives. Additionally, four grants were awarded to consortium projects involving multiple employers with common training needs.

This latest round of Workforce Training Fund grants build on the record investments in workforce training and education made by the Patrick Administration in recent years. Since 2007, the Administration has awarded $54.6 million for 722 grants to employers to train 66,211 workers within the manufacturing industry, alone. Today’s announced funding is the latest round of Workforce Training Fund Program grants that will further support manufacturers as well as initiatives to enhance skills for employees in other sectors including financial services, engineering and hospitality.

Mark Fichera, CEO of OnBrand24 of Beverly, a previous grant recipient said, “The support of the Workforce Training Fund has allowed OnBrand24 to provide valuable training that has taken our team to the next level. As a result of investment in our workforce, we were recently named to Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest growing companies.” Since being awarded a grant of $95,700 in 2011, OnBrand24 has grown from just 84 employees to over 200 employees.

“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.”

The following is a complete list of the awarded Workforce Training Fund General Program Grant Recipients (listed by city/town), totaling $2,807,458:

ANDOVER
Memsic
, $23,040 awarded, 14 employees to be trained, and three new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

ASHLAND
On Process Technology, Inc.,
$167,330 awarded, 512 employees to be trained, and 40 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

BILLERICA
Excell Solutions, Inc.,
$56,250 awarded, 32 employees to be trained, and six new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training. This is a consortium grant that also includes Palace Manufacturing of Billerica.

BOSTON
Boston Interactive,
$75,316 awarded, 27 employees to be trained, and 12 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

Children’s Services of Roxbury, $25,000 awarded for a technical assistance grant. This is a consortium grant that also includes Latino Health Institute of Boston.
Spire Printing, $52,800 awarded, 28 employees to be trained, and four new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

BOURNE
Onset Computer Corporation
, $122,200 awarded, 123 employees to be trained, and five new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

CAMBRIDGE
LaVoie Group
, $27,368 awarded, 10 employees to be trained, and two new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

CLINTON
Clinton Savings Bank,
$59,330 awarded, 104 employees to be trained, and five new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

EAST LONGMEADOW
Cirtec Medical,
$106,805 awarded, 63 employees to be trained, and three new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

FALL RIVER
Rex Cut Abrasives,
$71,963 awarded and 54 employees to be trained.

FOXBORO
Dorel Juvenile Group
, $162,260 awarded, 101 employees to be trained, and five new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

FRANKLIN
Newport Spectra-Physics
, $65,000 awarded, 39 employees to be trained, and two new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

HAVERHILL
Whittier Health Network
, $122,400 awarded and 108 employees to be trained.

LAWRENCE
Abel Womack, Inc
, $50,085 awarded, 61 employees to be trained, and five new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

MANSFIELD
HR Knowledge,
$39,808 awarded, 36 employees to be trained, and four new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

Hub Folding Box Company, Inc., $40,800 awarded, 248 employees to be trained, and 12 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

NEW BEDFORD
Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
, $208,969 awarded, 281 employees to be trained, and six new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training. This is a consortium grant facilitated by the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board to train the employees of Attentive Home Care, Inc. of Marion and Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, Inc. of New Bedford.

Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc., $207,979 awarded, 217 employees to be trained, 32 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training. This is a consortium grant facilitated by the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board to train the employees of Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. of New Bedford and Personal Touch Home Care of North Dartmouth.

NEWTON
Wingate Management Company
, $188,053 awarded, 160 employees to be trained, and 25 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

NORWOOD
Absolute Metal Finishing
, $37,200 awarded, 30 employees to be trained, and two new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

POCASSET
Globe Interconnect
, $33,600 awarded, 12 employees to be trained, and two new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

RANDOLPH
Industrial Precision Coating
, $29,200 awarded, 13 employees to be trained, and three new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

SALEM
Endodynamix, Inc.,
$10,000 awarded, five employees to be trained, and 10 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

SALISBURY
Eastern Mass Machined Products, Inc.,
$52,300 awarded, 14 employees to be trained, and two new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

SOUTHBOROUGH
KAZ USA, Inc.
, $162,685 awarded, 68 employees to be trained, and six new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

TAUNTON
Farrell Backlund Insurance Agency, LLC
, $68,727 awarded, 74 employees to be trained, and six new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

McMahon Associates, $2,990 awarded and seven employees to be trained.

WALPOLE
Northeastern Assembly
, $26,000 awarded, 25 employees to be trained, and four new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

WALTHAM
Olympus NDT NE, Inc.
, $213,600 awarded, 150 employees to be trained, and six new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

WATERTOWN
RMD, Inc.,
$52,800 awarded, 66 employees to be trained, and three new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

WESTFIELD           
Savage Arms,
$179,600 awarded, 400 employees to be trained, and 48 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of training.

WORCESTER
S.I. Howard Glass, Inc.,
$66,000 awarded and 24 employees to be trained.

 

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

 

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