For Immediate Release - June 11, 2012

TUESDAY: Secretary Goldstein Celebrates Workforce Development at Kayem Foods, Inc.

Chelsea Manufacturer Develops Leaders and Saves Jobs with Workforce Training Fund Grant

BOSTON – JUNE 11, 2012 – The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today announced that Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein will visit Kayem Foods, Inc. (75 Arlington Street, Chelsea) on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Kayem received a $114K Workforce Training Fund grant to train the company’s future leaders as it expands. The company is already a premier marketer and manufacturer of leading brands of meats under multiple brand names. Kayem has operated in Chelsea since 1909 and is the official frank and sausage of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.

“Kayem has been a provider of jobs and a great community advocate for over 100 years, and we see ourselves continuing on this path for many years to come,” said Ralph O. Smith, President and CEO of Kayem Foods, Inc. “As customer requirements become more complex, organizations rely on employee innovation to meet or exceed expectations. We are committed to investing in our team’s growth.”

The Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) worked with Kayem to tailor a 10-class leadership development curriculum that resonated with the company’s culture. To date, 50 participants from across the company learned how to manage change, appraise performance, build relationships, and identify and overcome problems.

“The collaboration between Kayem and AIM is an excellent example of the partnership we encourage via the Workforce Training Fund,” said Joanne F. Goldstein, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development. “We are very excited to see so many workers benefit from this innovative training plan. It reminds us that the Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to keeping high-quality jobs in Massachusetts.”

Company representatives report the grant-funded training inspired supervisors to consider how they can implement ideas and inspire change. Ultimately, the grant will fund training for more than 400 employees.

Additionally, the Workforce Training Fund provided training in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Team leaders and workers learned how to read production guides that they must use on the job. This ESOL training was unique in that it improved English proficiency and provided lessons in essential workplace terminology.

“This project is a great example of how the Workforce Training Fund can help businesses to strengthen their competitive position while investing in the skills of their workforce,” said Nancy Snyder, President and CEO of Commonwealth Corporation. “It is a win for the company, a win for the employees, and a win for the Commonwealth.”
 

About the Workforce Training Fund

Under the Patrick-Murray Administration, $68.66 million has been used to train approximately 90,000 Massachusetts workers at more than 2,750 companies since 2007.  Financed entirely by Massachusetts employers, the Workforce Training Fund provides resources to Massachusetts businesses to train current and newly hired employees. The Fund is an economical way for organizations to build workers’ skills; employers may apply for grants of up to $25,000 for technical assistance programs, or they may apply for grants of up to $250,000 for full training programs. Training programs may last up to two years.

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit http://www.mass.gov/wtfp for additional information and requirements.