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Press Release $10M in Workforce Grants Awarded to Fund Training for More Than 6,500 Workers, Create 1,361 New Jobs

For immediate release:
2/13/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for $10M in Workforce Grants Awarded to Fund Training for More Than 6,500 Workers, Create 1,361 New Jobs

Charles Pearce, Director of Communications - Exec. Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito with others

Brockton, MAToday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $10 million in Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) grants that will train more than 6,500 workers and add an expected 1,361 new jobs by 2021.

The 96 grants awarded involve 133 companies from across the Commonwealth. These grants will fund customized training that promotes job growth, retention and increased opportunity for workers. Upskilling the local workforce helps Massachusetts businesses and entrepreneurs grow their businesses, become more productive and fuel a strong and resilient Bay State economy.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced awards totaling $10,104,345 in WTFP General Program Training Grants at Father Bill’s & MainSpring in Brockton, an organization that was awarded $73,000 to train eighty employees.

Father Bill’s & MainSpring is a nonprofit human services provider and a leader in providing innovative programs to prevent and end homelessness in Southern Massachusetts. It has evolved from a single service provider of family and individual emergency shelters to a comprehensive regional service provider operating in 41 cities and towns. Father Bill’s & MainSpring provides evidence-based service models including homelessness prevention, eviction prevention, access to quality health and behavioral health care, access to childcare and after-school programs, rapid re-housing, healthy meals programs, supportive housing and job training programs.

As a result of today’s grant, Father Bill’s & MainSpring staff will take part in training that includes clinical skills, leadership development, operations management and technology training.

“Our goal is to end homelessness, and this requires an innovative, forward-thinking approach to our work. That’s why we are committed to investing in our staff on the front lines who bring hope to our most vulnerable neighbors. Homelessness is a complex issue with no one-size-fits-all solution, and these trainings will better equip our staff with the tools needed to meet the unique needs of every individual, family and veteran who comes to our doors for help,” said John Yazwinski, President & CEO of Father Bill’s & MainSpring.

“The Workforce Training Fund Program empowers Massachusetts businesses to undertake the same kind of critical upskilling we have seen companies invest in over the past year,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Employers can get the skilled workforce they need to thrive, create opportunities for growth and remain competitive in an ever-changing global economy.”

“By funding training partnerships such as the Workforce Training Fund Program, employees do not have to enroll in outside classes to increase their earnings and advance in their careers, and employers can invest in their existing workforce in a tight labor market,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito.

The Workforce Training Fund is a program of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and is administered by Commonwealth Corporation, the quasi-public workforce development agency that runs the programs that teach people how to work, providing lifelong learning for careers of a lifetime.

“The Workforce Training Fund is lifelong learning in action: customized training that is affordable, highly effective, and efficient in delivering the skills that employers seek in employees,” said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta. “Last fiscal year, the program continued its record of exceptional job growth. Employers that completed WTFP-funded training initiatives added jobs at eight times the state rate and four times the national rate.”

Since 2015, the Workforce Training Fund has awarded 809 grants totaling more than $80 million to train 60,000 workers from over 1,000 different Massachusetts businesses. This is expected to result in over 8,300 new jobs.

The Workforce Training Fund provides grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 to companies in Massachusetts to pay for employee training over a two-year period. Grant recipients contribute a matching investment of at least one dollar for each grant-dollar awarded, with wages paid to trainees during training hours included in that investment.

In addition to the General Program grants, the WTFP also offers an Express Program that subsidizes up to 50 percent of the cost for pre-qualified courses chosen from a database, and a Small Business Direct Access Program that subsidizes 100 percent of the cost for pre-qualified courses in highest demand. Employers are encouraged to visit workforcetrainingfund.org to learn more and apply for grants.

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

Andover

Sloan was awarded $85,800 to train 69 workers; 3 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Vicor Corp was awarded $13,650 to train 30 workers; 40 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Ashland

Kidde-Fenwal Inc. was awarded $67,200 to train 46 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corp was awarded $123,200 to train 43 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Attleboro

Larson Tool & Stamping Company was awarded $171,500 to train 61 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Auburn

MassMEP was awarded $135,725 to train 66 workers; 20 additional jobs are expected by 2021. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes AMETEK HCC Aegis of New Bedford, Emerson Swan Inc. of Randolph, F H Peterson Machine Corp. of Stoughton, Flexcon Industries of Randolph, Rex Cut Abrasives of Fall River, Arch Global Precision of Plymouth, and Twin Rivers Technologies of Quincy.

MassMEP was awarded $33,600 to train 24 workers; 8 additional jobs are expected by 2021. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes Bete Fog Nozzle of Greenfield, Kielb Welding Enterprise of Springfield, Mountain Base Mold & Mfg of Easthampton, and Mestek of Westfield.

MassMEP was awarded $39,200 to train 23 workers; 13 additional jobs are expected by 2021. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes Akita Innovations of Billerica, BJA Magnetics of Leominster, Donahue Industries of Shrewsbury, Mide Technology of Woburn, and Silverside Detectors of Cambridge.

MassMEP was awarded $39,200 to train 22 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected by 2021. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes Human Systems Integration of East Walpole, I.G. Marston Co. of Holbrook, Lampin Corporation of Uxbridge, NYE Lubricants of Fairhaven, and Phoenix Electric of Canton.

MassMEP was awarded $14,000 to train 16 workers; 8 additional jobs are expected by 2021. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes Accurounds of Avon, Richards Micro Tool of Plymouth, Green Brothers Fabrication of Taunton, and Tegra Medical of Franklin.

R. H. White Companies, Inc. was awarded $147,350 to train 110 workers; 15 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Webster Five was awarded $84,700 to train 152 workers; 8 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Worcester Envelope Company was awarded $115,400 to train 116 workers; 7 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Ayer

Catania Oils was awarded $135,558 to train 57 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Bedford

Vivonics, Inc. was awarded $30,800 to train 7 workers; 1 additional job is expected by 2021.

Bellingham

Wrentham Tool Group Inc. was awarded $100,975 to train 63 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Billerica

ClearMotion, Inc. was awarded $229,220 to train 99 workers; 25 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Consolidated Sterilizer Systems was awarded $143,500 to train 48 workers; 3 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Boston

Aceituna Grill was awarded $61,600 to train 228 workers; 108 additional jobs are expected by 2021. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes Rail Trail Flatbread Company of Hudson, NU Kitchen Worcester, and NU Kitchen Somerville.

FamilyAid Boston, Inc. was awarded $184,050 to train 72 workers; 14 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

iCorps Technologies was awarded $116,936 to train 48 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Nanoramic Laboratories was awarded $121,100 to train 28 workers; 16 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Rebel Restaurants was awarded $147,560 to train 60 workers; 50 additional jobs are expected by 2021. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes Tony Cs Somerville.

USGBC MA was awarded $236,280 to train 173 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected by 2021. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes Payette Associates of Boston, and SAAM Architecture of Boston.

Version 2.0 Communications, LLC was awarded $52,248 to train 25 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Wolf & Company, P.C. was awarded $51,800 to train 60 workers; 40 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Braintree

S&P Consultants, Inc. was awarded $81,200 to train 30 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Brockton

Atrenne Computing Solutions was awarded $86,800 to train 90 workers; 6 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Everett's Auto Parts was awarded $41,300 to train 52 workers; 15 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Father Bill's & MainSpring, Inc. was awarded $73,000 to train 80 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Burlington

Keurig Green Mountain was awarded $123,200 to train 64 workers; 41 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Cambridge

Wave Life Sciences USA, Inc. was awarded $114,425 to train 271 workers; 150 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Chelsea

Compare Supermarket was awarded $107,188 to train 81 workers; 12 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Chicopee

LEONI Wire Inc was awarded $149,900 to train 85 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Duxbury

Verc Enterprises, Inc. was awarded $140,000 to train 147 workers; 12 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

East Falmouth

Associates of Cape Cod Inc. was awarded $135,800 to train 218 workers; 37 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Richards Design Inc. was awarded $35,700 to train 14 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

East Walpole

Human Systems Integration, Inc. was awarded $129,750 to train 15 workers; 6 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Easthampton

Hogan Technology, Inc. was awarded $26,497 to train 9 workers; 1 additional job is expected by 2021.

Fall River

Commonwealth Soap & Toiletries Inc. was awarded $51,100 to train 90 workers; 20 additional jobs are expected by 2021. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes Clean Products of Fall River, and Commonwealth Liquids of Fall River.

Falmouth

Hutker Architects, Inc. was awarded $188,498 to train 50 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Foxborough

Technimetals Inc. was awarded $26,000 to train 20 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected by 2021. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes Command Engineering Solutions of Foxborough.

Franklin

JEM Electronics, Inc. was awarded $122,900 to train 53 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Hampden

GreatHorse LLC was awarded $62,215 to train 48 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Harvard

Maugel Architects, Inc. was awarded $123,200 to train 28 workers; 3 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Haverhill

Merrimac Industrial Sales was awarded $209,885 to train 71 workers; 7 additional jobs are expected by 2021. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes Convectronics of Haverhill.

Morgan Scientific, Inc. was awarded $78,350 to train 17 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Holliston

Nanmac Corporation was awarded $58,250 to train 25 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

OX Paper Tube Massachusetts LLC was awarded $30,840 to train 13 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Web Industries was awarded $74,200 to train 31 workers; 6 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Holyoke

Universal Plastics, Corp. was awarded $219,800 to train 128 workers; 50 additional jobs are expected by 2021. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes Mayfield Plastics of Sutton.

Littleton

Middlesex Corporation was awarded $235,625 to train 149 workers; 20 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Lowell

CTI was awarded $86,475 to train 50 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Ludlow

B&R Machine was awarded $112,875 to train 60 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Marlborough

J & J Machine Company, Inc was awarded $36,800 to train 15 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Methuen

Century Box was awarded $197,400 to train 45 workers; 7 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Milford

Milara Inc. was awarded $117,225 to train 66 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

THAT Corporation was awarded $28,600 to train 19 workers; 1 additional job is expected by 2021.

Newburyport

Bixby was awarded $116,229 to train 81 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Newton

Eduporium was awarded $15,400 to train 18 workers; 3 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

North Andover

Microwave Engineering Corporation was awarded $42,250 to train 81 workers; 3 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

North Brookfield

Vibram Corporation was awarded $94,070 to train 289 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Norwell

Congruity360 LLC was awarded $74,971 to train 45 workers; 15 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Oxford

Matkim Industries was awarded $55,200 to train 35 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Pittsfield

Unistress was awarded $80,700 to train 53 workers; 25 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Provincetown

Seamen's Bank was awarded $64,400 to train 60 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Sharon

Senior Metal Bellows was awarded $215,380 to train 126 workers; 12 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Shrewsbury

Metso was awarded $227,700 to train 126 workers by 2021.

MLS Property Information Network, Inc. was awarded $89,600 to train 62 workers; 3 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Somerville

Greentown Learn was awarded $19,600 to train 23 workers; 44 additional jobs are expected by 2021. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes Eden GeoPower of Somerville, L3 Open Water Power of Somerville, MultiSensor Scientific of Cambridge, Palmos of Cambridge, and Via Separations of Somerville.

Southbridge

MBS Fabrication, Inc. was awarded $78,650 to train 70 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

United Lens Company, Inc. was awarded $67,600 to train 20 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Springfield

American Outdoor Brands was awarded $200,938 to train 150 workers; 20 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Stoneham

Northeast Manufacturing was awarded $70,400 to train 15 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Stoughton

Angstrom Advanced Inc. was awarded $41,800 to train 8 workers by 2021.

Stow

CPI Radant Technologies Division Inc. was awarded $119,620 to train 75 workers; 25 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Sturbridge

G & F Precision Molding, Inc. was awarded $119,400 to train 97 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Sutton

Source International Corp. was awarded $139,690 to train 102 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Taunton

Bristol County Savings Bank was awarded $249,200 to train 297 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Tewksbury

Middlesex Glass Company was awarded $20,770 to train 57 workers; 15 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Wamesit Entertainment Center Inc. was awarded $214,720 to train 152 workers; 75 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Tyngsborough

Precision Technologies, Inc. was awarded $66,050 to train 39 workers; 7 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Ware

Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation was awarded $74,233 to train 39 workers; 40 additional jobs are expected by 2021. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes DeTector Technology of Palmer, Mustang Motorcycle Products of Three Rivers, Palmer Foundry of Palmer, and Quabbin Wire & Cable of Ware.

Watertown

Markarian Electric was awarded $84,000 to train 32 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Mount Auburn Athletic Club Inc. was awarded $144,120 to train 71 workers; 6 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

West Boylston

Cogmedix was awarded $244,850 to train 76 workers; 6 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

West Springfield

Valentine Plating was awarded $74,460 to train 30 workers; 1 additional job is expected by 2021.

Westborough

CSI MFG Inc. was awarded $44,800 to train 16 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Inteplast Engineered Films Westborough, Inc was awarded $143,000 to train 18 workers; 14 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Westfield

GenSwiss was awarded $70,000 to train 19 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Willmington

Energetiq Technology Inc. was awarded $84,845 to train 49 workers; 15 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Woburn

Coastal Calibration Laboratories was awarded $72,200 to train 14 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates, Inc. was awarded $111,820 to train 42 workers; 14 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Ionic Materials was awarded $237,250 to train 61 workers; 20 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

M & K Industries, Inc. was awarded $107,280 to train 45 workers; 3 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

Worcester

AbbVie Bioresearch Center was awarded $140,000 to train 72 workers; 15 additional jobs are expected by 2021.

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Media Contact for $10M in Workforce Grants Awarded to Fund Training for More Than 6,500 Workers, Create 1,361 New Jobs

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development  

EOLWD manages the Commonwealth’s workforce development and labor departments to ensure that workers, employers, and the unemployed have the tools and training needed to succeed in the Massachusetts economy.
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