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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $11.9 Million in Workforce Training Fund Grants

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $11.9 Million in Workforce Training Fund Grants
For immediate release:
10/05/2017
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

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Charles Pearce, Director of Communications, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Secretary Acosta presenting Workforce Training Fund Program grants

Billerica, MAAwards projected to create 1,000 new jobs, train 7,000 workers across 121 companies in Massachusetts

Billerica, MA – Celebrating October as Manufacturing Month, the Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $11.9 million in Workforce Training Fund Program grants to 121 Massachusetts companies, spurring workforce training of nearly 7,000 workers and creating over 1,000 projected new jobs in the Commonwealth.

“The evolving manufacturing sector and new, innovative technology continues to provide successful careers for Massachusetts’ workforce to support their families,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are excited to see these funds put to work creating over 1,000 new jobs and providing additional manufacturing skills to 7,000 workers that spur personal and economic growth for our families and communities.”

“This program is a highly effective catalyst for job creation in manufacturing and we look forward to the growth in skills and success for these 121 companies and their employees,” said Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito. “Workforce Training Fund grantees have added jobs at more than double the statewide average, helping to close high demand skills gaps in the Commonwealth and provide new jobs for residents.”

The Workforce Training Fund provides grants of up to $250,000 to companies in Massachusetts to pay for employee training over a two-year period. Grants are awarded to projects that will upgrade workers’ skills, increase productivity, and enhance the competitiveness of Massachusetts businesses. Grants are matched dollar-for-dollar by the award recipients.

The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Rosalin Acosta, noted, “An important part of our job is to make sure more of our businesses of any size are able to access this great resource. Over the past two years we have increased the number of small businesses served significantly and now over 84% of the businesses served by the Workforce Training Fund are small businesses.” The Workforce Training Fund is a program of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and is administered by Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public state agency that fosters partnerships between industry, education, and workforce organizations.

Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Acosta made the announcement today at E Ink Corporation, an innovative producer and developer of electronic paper display technology with origins in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media lab. E Ink is known for producing the ePaper display most commonly found on eReaders, and has diversified into new markets, including signage, architecture and design, mobile, wearable and retail markets. Their headquarters are in Billerica and they have a production facility in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Simon Nip, Chief Financial Officer of E Ink Corporation, remarked, “The Workforce Training Fund is helping E Ink to invest in our workforce so that our employees have the skills and training they need to succeed in Massachusetts. At E Ink we know our greatest asset isn’t just the technology we produce, but the people who help produce that technology.”

Since the beginning of the Baker-Polito Administration, the Workforce Training Fund has awarded more than 400 grants totaling over $43 million to train more than 31,000 workers from over 600 different Massachusetts businesses. This is expected to result in over 3,700 new jobs. The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and Commonwealth Corporation hopes to encourage businesses to address workforce training needs through the Workforce Training Fund. Interested parties are encouraged to visit WorkforceTrainingFund.org to learn more.

The following is a complete list of the grant recipients awarded Workforce Training Fund Grants today (listed by community).

Andover

Mercury Systems, Inc. was awarded $191,800 to train 60 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Ashland

Lentros Engineering, Inc. was awarded $22,400 to train 42 workers by 2019.

Auburn

Accelerated Media Technologies, Inc. was awarded $53,774 to train 37 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Auburndale

The Village Bank was awarded $145,600 to train 84 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Bedford

Thermo Fisher Scientific was awarded $109,400 to train 130 workers; 23 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Bellingham

Hi-Tech Metals, Inc was awarded $72,800 to train 30 workers; 3 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Belmont

Fiorella's was awarded $245,880 to train 118 workers; 75 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Beverly

Electric Insurance Company was awarded $236,497 to train 69 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Billerica

Axsun Technologies was awarded $100,794 to train 93 workers; 15 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

E Ink Corporation was awarded $195,770 to train 307 workers; 15 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Entegris, Inc. was awarded $114,200 to train 36 workers; 70 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Pion, Inc. was awarded $34,800 to train 16 workers; 3 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Boston

Dancing Deer Baking Co. was awarded $163,520 to train 42 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

EiQ Networks, Inc. was awarded $137,200 to train 70 workers; 30 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Fusion Design Consultants, Inc. was awarded $29,400 to train 17 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Maxwell Health was awarded $176,400 to train 116 workers; 30 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Mei Mei Restaurant, Inc. was awarded $42,700 to train 22 workers by 2019.

Mosaic Loft was awarded $97,410 to train 21 workers; 7 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Premier Yachts was awarded $64,400 to train 36 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Steffian Bradley Architects was awarded $209,300 to train 67 workers; 3 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

TotalOffice, Inc. was awarded $29,856 to train 11 workers; 1 additional job is expected to be added by 2019.

TRADE was awarded $103,885 to train 57 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

WegoWise was awarded $58,303 to train 32 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Boylston

Honematic Machine Corporation was awarded $36,600 to train 12 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Braintree

Symmons Industries was awarded $245,000 to train 200 workers; 6 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Bridgewater

Depuy Synthes, Inc. was awarded $223,100 to train 56 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Brockton

NorthEast Electrical Company was awarded $247,905 to train 91 workers; 6 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Burlington

ClickSoftware, Inc. was awarded $179,200 to train 95 workers; 18 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Cambridge

Lab Central, Inc was awarded $57,900 to train 19 workers; 12 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Canton

Pulse Systems, Inc. was awarded $24,050 to train 12 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Chelmsford

Massachusetts Eye Associates was awarded $69,280 to train 16 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Chicopee

Mechanical Drive Components, Inc. was awarded $33,630 to train 9 workers; 1 additional job is expected to be added by 2019.

Clinton

Darmann Abrasive Products was awarded $83,600 to train 58 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Conway

Poplar Hill Machine, Inc. was awarded $53,180 to train 16 workers; 1 additional job is expected to be added by 2019

Dartmouth

Tegra Medical was awarded $142,450 to train 58 workers; 15 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

East Bridgewater

Mueller Corporation was awarded $92,220 to train 48 workers; 26 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

East Longmeadow

Maybury Material Handling was awarded $134,610 to train 80 workers; 6 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Easthampton

Rock Valley Tool, LLC was awarded $56,525 to train 23 workers; 1 additional job is expected to be added by 2019.

Fairhaven

Nye Lubricants was awarded $59,150 to train 28 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Fall River

Merida was awarded $25,200 to train 23 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Fitchburg

IC Federal Credit Union was awarded $63,510 to train 61 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Micron Products was awarded $75,700 to train 62 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Foxboro

Accutech Packaging Inc. was awarded $135,240 to train 92 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Technical Support International, Inc. was awarded $89,665 to train 27 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Framingham

Samiotes Consultant, Inc. was awarded $103,168 to train 15 workers; 3 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Gardner

Data Guide Cable Corporation was awarded $42,600 to train 49 workers; 6 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

GFA Federal Credit Union was awarded $31,035 to train 35 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Granby

C&G Machine, Inc. was awarded $35,230 to train 9 workers; 1 additional job is expected to be added by 2019.

Greenfield

Valley Medical Group was awarded $242,850 to train 427 workers; 12 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Hingham

Russelectric, Inc. was awarded $187,625 to train 128 workers; 12 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Hudson

Bryley Systems was awarded $70,310 to train 24 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Fourstar Connections, Inc was awarded $117,375 to train 36 workers; 16 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Lancaster Packaging was awarded $59,500 to train 11 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Plastic Molding Manufacturing was awarded $156,900 to train 64 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Lawrence

Infinity Tapes was awarded $66,000 to train 40 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Leominster

Monson Companies, Inc. was awarded $115,200 to train 38 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which includes KDG Holdings / Azelis Americas of Leominster.

Lowell

Nobis Engineering was awarded $69,300 to train 26 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Ludlow

Commercial Machine, Inc. was awarded $37,100 to train 10 workers; 1 additional job is expected to be added by 2019.

Luso Federal Credit Union was awarded $21,700 to train 32 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Lynn

Techevolution was awarded $54,748 to train 7 workers; 3 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Mansfield

Charles A. Richardson, Inc. was awarded $19,000 to train 10 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Marlborough

Massachusetts Container Corporation was awarded $144,680 to train 84 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

MHQ, Inc. was awarded $246,400 to train 116 workers; 6 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Riley Power was awarded $233,120 to train 182 workers by 2019.

Medway

Charles River Bank was awarded $55,780 to train 48 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Methuen

New England Die Cutting, Inc. was awarded $46,200 to train 40 workers; 8 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Millbury

Barrday Composite Solutions was awarded $138,315 to train 74 workers; 7 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Millbury Credit Union was awarded $73,790 to train 71 workers; 3 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Needham

Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. was awarded $243,600 to train 70 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Newton

Panasonic Boston Laboratory was awarded $65,808 to train 9 workers; 1 additional job is expected to be added by 2019.

Norfolk

MAS Building & Bridge, Inc. was awarded $116,830 to train 38 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

North Adams

BerkMatics was awarded $33,500 to train 10 workers; 1 additional job is expected to be added by 2019.

North Billerica

FLIR was awarded $35,070 to train 37 workers; 9 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which also includes FLIR Systems, Inc. of North Billerica.

Pace Industries, LLC was awarded $133,020 to train 33 workers; 25 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

North Grafton

Washington Mills was awarded $111,815 to train 75 workers by 2019.

North Quincy

Blue Grace Logistics was awarded $249,948 to train 83 workers; 50 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

North Reading

Columbia Construction Company was awarded $203,500 to train 125 workers; 15 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Northborough

Peppers Artful Events was awarded $53,200 to train 35 workers; 54 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Norwood

Absolute Metal Finishing Inc. was awarded $105,200 to train 39 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Remtec, Inc. was awarded $66,000 to train 44 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Pembroke

Duromar was awarded $37,100 to train 10 workers; 1 additional job is expected to be added by 2019.

Plymouth

Mamma Mia's / Carmela's Restaurants was awarded $237,170 to train 50 workers; 33 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Richards Micro Tool, LLC was awarded $99,800 to train 48 workers; 8 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Pocasset

Global Interconnect, Inc. was awarded $31,800 to train 9 workers; 3 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Quincy

Dellbrook (d/b/a Dellbrook; JKS, Dellbrook; JK Scanlan) was awarded $162,100 to train 157 workers; 20 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Raynham

Emond Brothers was awarded $26,400 to train 16 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Sandwich

Cape Medical Supply, Inc. was awarded $50,385 to train 64 workers; 13 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Shrewsbury

TriStar Plastics Corporation was awarded $42,700 to train 37 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Somerville

The Grommet was awarded $120,400 to train 72 workers; 23 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

South Weymouth

South Shore Bank was awarded $249,820 to train 181 workers; 18 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Southborough

Printing Industries of New England was awarded $240,603 to train 96 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which includes DS Graphics of Lowell, Ramsbottom Printing of Fall River, and Standard Modern of New Bedford.

Springfield

Northstar Pulp and Paper was awarded $100,749 to train 65 workers; 8 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Taunton

Homes for Our Troops was awarded $133,062 to train 66 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Tewksbury

Mitralign was awarded $83,600 to train 41 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

TCG was awarded $31,961 to train 47 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Wakefield

Picis Clinical Solutions, Inc. was awarded $190,800 to train 142 workers; 2 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Waltham

Profitect was awarded $100,800 to train 40 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

West Bridgewater

Rexa, Inc. was awarded $160,868 to train 86 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

West Chatham

Chatham Sheet Metal was awarded $60,000 to train 32 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

West Springfield

Cyalume Technologies was awarded $135,630 to train 98 workers; 5 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Westfield

Peerless Precision, Inc. was awarded $55,230 to train 23 workers; 1 additional job is expected to be added by 2019.

Precise Turning and Manufacturing Co. was awarded $29,890 to train 7 workers; 1 additional job is expected to be added by 2019.

Wilmington

IBC Engineered Materials Corporation was awarded $91,900 to train 24 workers; 16 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Woburn

Kamco Supply Corporation of Boston was awarded $246,350 to train 135 workers; 36 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

Worcester

Bulbs.com, Inc. was awarded $33,695 to train 36 workers; 4 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

MassMEP was awarded $159,040 to train 127 workers, 15 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.  This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which includes A&M Tool & Die Company of Southbridge, K & K Thermoforming of Southbridge, and Mercury Wire of Spencer.

MassMEP was awarded $250,000 to train 177 workers, 31 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which includes FLEXcon Company of Spencer, Jefferson Rubber Works of Worcester, and Precision Wire Shapes of West Brookfield.

MassMEP was awarded $132,975 to train 54 workers, 15 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019. This grant was awarded to a consortium of businesses which includes B&B Micro Manufacturing Inc. of North Adams, GL&V USA Inc. of Lenox, Interprint Inc. of Pittsfield, Ironman Machine Inc. of Pittsfield, and Onyx Specialty Papers Inc. of South Lee.

Wrentham

Capstan Atlantic was awarded $136,450 to train 252 workers; 10 additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

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