星期四, 10月 16, 2014

Patrick Administration Announces $8.2M in Grants to Massachusetts Companies for Employee Training

Patrick Administration Announces $8.2M in Grants to Massachusetts Companies for Employee Training
Latest round of workforce training grants includes new pilot program for small businesses
Watertown – Thursday, October 16, 2014 – Continuing the Patrick Administration’s strategic investments in workforce training, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian today announced $8.2 million in Workforce Training Fund grants during a visit to United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS), a grant recipient.  The grants, awarded through Commonwealth Corporation, will enable 72 companies across the state to provide customized training for 5,196 employees and create 568 new jobs over the next three years. Two million in grants will support a new pilot program to expand regional training capacity to meet the needs of small businesses.
“The Workforce Training Fund is one of our most effective initiatives for supporting businesses in meeting the demands of a highly competitive regional and global economy,” said Secretary Kaprielian.  “We have seen many companies succeed thanks to retraining their workers and we look forward to more companies, especially smaller firms, growing and excelling by investing in the Massachusetts workforce.”
This latest round of Workforce Training Fund grants builds on the Patrick Administration’s record of investment in workforce training and education.  Since 2007, the Administration has awarded $90.5 million through this grant program to 1,167 projects involving more than 1,300 businesses and 108,780 workers.
UPS, the package delivery company that provides specialized transportation and logistics services, hosted the announcement at its Watertown distribution center.  UPS will use a $200,000 grant to train 600 Massachusetts-based employees and create 50 new jobs.  The grant will help UPS implement software designed to help drivers optimize delivery routes and the placement of packages within delivery vehicles to maximize delivery efficiency. UPS plans to invest more than $1.2 million in matching funds over the two year grant.  Training will take place at UPS facilities throughout the Commonwealth.  
According to UPS Northeast District Manager, Ivy Brown “UPS understands that investing in a top-notch workforce is necessary to compete and grow in a very competitive market.  The support of the Workforce Training Fund is an invaluable resource toward keeping and growing jobs here in Massachusetts.” 
The Secretary also announced a $2 million pilot program funded by the Workforce Training Fund Program targeted for small businesses to provide their employees with training in areas such as Process Improvement, Supervisory/Leadership, ESOL, Manufacturing Skills, and Computer Skills.  Commonwealth Corporation is piloting an approach that streamlines application requirements and gives businesses access to training resources on an as-needed basis.  Eleven training organizations will offer programs through this pilot; in total they anticipate offering more than 2,500 slots in their programs to Massachusetts businesses.
"We are very interested in helping small businesses access the fund either individually or through collaborations with other businesses with similar needs.” said Nancy Snyder, President and CEO of Commonwealth Corporation, which administers the funds for the Office of Labor and Workforce Development.  “This program allows small businesses that may not otherwise apply for a grant on their own to quickly gain access to training on topics in highest demand.” 
"I'm very pleased to see the Patrick Administration investing heavily in Workforce Training – it is part of the administration's continuing focus on education," said Senator Will Brownsberger, (D-Belmont).
The Workforce Training Fund provides direct grants of up to $250,000 to Massachusetts companies to use over a two year period.  The following is a complete list of the awarded Workforce Training Fund General Program Grant Recipients announced today (listed by community), totaling $ 6,229,732 and the training organizations taking part in the $2,000,000 pilot program:
 City
Company Name
Amount Awarded
Projected Number of Employees to be Trained
New Jobs Expected to be Created
ACTON
HAARTZ
$114,367 
122
28
ACTON
OYO SPORTS TOYS
$63,840 
73
12
ATTLEBORO
SENSATA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
$221,000 
328
33
BEVERLY
MASSPAY INC.
$44,020 
17
8
BILLERICA
MACCORMACK PLUMBING, INC.
$139,328 
180
10
BOSTON
BOSTON CHINATOWN NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER, INC.
$38,244 
48
2
BOSTON
OOMPH, INC.
$39,808 
25
3
BOSTON
GOURMET CATERERS, INC.
$32,280 
15
25
BOURNE
CONVENTION DATA SERVICES INC.
$244,038 
129
13
BRAINTREE
FIRE KING BAKING CO., INC.
$88,000 
82
10
BRAINTREE
ULTRA ELECTRONICS OCEAN SYSTEMS INC.
$234,960 
20
3
CAMBRIDGE
BRUNER/COTT & ASSOCIATES, INC.
$72,000 
50
12
CHELMSFORD
ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION
$222,960 
200
10
CLINTON
POLUS CENTER FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INC.

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

MONTACHUSETT OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL OF FITCHBURG; AND 

THE NEMASKET GROUP OF FAIRHAVEN)
$12,500 
n/a
n/a
DANVER
SHAWMUT ADVERTISING INC. 
$52,160 
21
0
FALL RIVER
HEALTHFIRST FAMILY CARE CENTER, INC.
$150,150 
74
6
FLORENCE
CHEMIPLASTICA, INC.
$31,680 
28
0
HOLYOKE
MERIDIAN INDUSTRIAL GROUP
$63,900 
28
3
LAWRENCE
IMAJINE THAT, LLC
$91,250 
64
8
LAWRENCE
SEKISUI VOLTEK, LLC
$92,400 
77
1
LEE
BOYD TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
$112,510 
43
4
LEOMINSTER
F&M TOOL & PLASTICS, INC.
$38,650 
26
5
LEOMINSTER
INDUSTRIAL PACKAGING
$62,000 
23
2
LEOMINSTER
J.D. ASSOCIATES
$21,700 
15
3
LEOMINSTER
LEAKTITE CORPORATION
$112,800 
81
6
LOWELL
CORTRON, INC.
$198,576 
47
3
LOWELL
T&T ANODIZING, INC. 
$17,680 
9
1
LUDLOW
COMMERCIAL MACHINE, INC.
$25,590 
6
1
LYNN
STERLING MACHINE COMPANY, INC.
$74,300 
32
3
MANSFIELD
BELKNAP WHITE GROUP, INC.
$72,000 
42
3
MARLBORO
UNIVERSAL WINDOW & DOOR, LLC
$60,320 
29
6
MILLBURY
THE HOLDEN LANDMARK CORPORATION
$67,840 
38
2
MONSON
DIVERSIFIED METALS, INC.
$20,240 
14
3
NEEDHAM
EURO-PRO MANAGEMENT, LLC
$176,950 
232
75
NEW BEDFORD
PLUMBERS' SUPPLY COMPANY
$91,260 
66
6
NORTH BILLERICA
SI2 TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
$24,000 
12
1
NORTON
CPS TECHNOLOGIES
$110,640 
73
5
NORWOOD
ADVANCED INSTRUMENTS INC. 
$102,950 
93
3
ORLEANS
TRAINING WHEELS OF NEW ENGLAND, INC
$33,000 
26
17
PEMBROKE
THAYER SCALE
$89,485 
39
5
RANDOLPH
FLEXCON INDUSTRIES INC
$91,405 
94
8
ROCKLAND
MIJA INDUSTRIES, INC
$42,800 
25
5
SHARON
SENIOR AEROSPACE METAL BELLOWS
$151,060 
185
10
SHREWSBURY
METSO AUTOMATION USA, INC
$200,700 
210
0
SOMERVILLE
DUVINE CYCLING & ADVENTURE CO.
$39,808 
17
2
SOUTHBRIDGE
SOUTHBRIDGE SAVINGS BANK
$194,668 
115
6
SPRINGFIELD
PAPALE EYE CENTER
$65,055 
17
1
SUDBURY
PURE ENCAPSULATIONS, INC.
$139,200 
100
10
SUTTON
J & G FOODS, INC.
$122,000 
76
13
TAUNTON
PRIDE, INC.
$45,760 
40
6
WALTHAM
NEWBURG & CO. LLP
$42,296 
31
4