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MARCH 24, 2005
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Bells Company Awarded $7,846 in Job Training Grant
American Die Casting Inc. to Receive Grant to Train Employees

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley has awarded $7,846 to American Die Casting Inc. in Bells, Tennessee. American Die Casting Inc. is a manufacturer of aluminum and zinc castings, utilizing semi-solid forming technology and high-pressure die casting. The company currently has 25 employees. American Die Casting Inc. is one of several companies across the state that have applied for the Incumbent Worker Training grant.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) administers the Incumbent Worker Training program. The program has been structured to be flexible to meet the business's training objectives. The business may use public, private, or its own in-house training provider based on the nature of the training

"American Die Casting Inc. has met comprehensive criteria to qualify for this grant. I am proud to award this grant money to keep more West Tennessee workers on the job,” said Commissioner Neeley. “The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides grant funding for customized training for existing for-profit businesses. Through this customer-driven program, Tennessee is able to effectively retain and keep businesses competitive through the upgrading of skills training for existing full-time employees."

American Die Casting Inc. Office Manager Jodie Rank said, “Participating in this training program allows us the opportunity to provide substantial training to our employees. This grant will help strengthen our existing workforce, which will improve our company’s competitiveness and also increase the overall development of our workforce.”

Dyersburg State Community College, the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board, and the TDLWD worked together as a team to award the grant to American Die Casting.

The following criteria must be met to qualify for the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Employers must be operation in Tennessee for at least one year prior to application date. Employers must have at least one full-time employee, demonstrate financial viability and be current on all state tax obligations. Funding priority is given to businesses whose grant proposals represent a significant layoff avoidance strategy and represent a significant upgrade of skills. More Tennessee companies will be receiving incumbent worker grants in the coming months, totaling close to $1 million dollars.

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