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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JUNE 23, 2006
(615) 741-2257 (O)
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24 AREA COMPANIES RECOGNIZED FOR INCUMBENT WORKER TRAINING
ANDERSON, BLOUNT, CAMPBELL, CUMBERLAND, LOUDON, MONROE, MORGAN, ROANE AND SCOTT COUNTY COMPANIES ATTEND LUNCHEON

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner James Neeley recognized 25 area companies for incumbent worker training today in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In the last two years Governor Phil Bredesen and Commissioner James Neeley have awarded the area companies incumbent worker grants totaling $278,933. Close to $2 million in Incumbent Worker Training Grants was awarded to companies across the state in 2005 benefiting almost 10,000 Tennessee workers."

“The Incumbent Worker Training Grants are essential to help Tennessee’s workers look to the future with job growth and stability,” said Governor Bredesen. “These grants have helped keep area companies competitive and increase the skills of their talented employees.”

"The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides grant funding for customized training for existing businesses," said Commissioner Neeley. "I am proud to honor these companies today. These past grant recipients understand the importance of investing in training and the local economy.”

The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) played a key role in awarding the grants to the companies and organized today’s luncheon. “ETHRA and the LWIA 4 Board are pleased to be able to recognize the businesses that have invested in the development of their employees by accessing the Incumbent Worker Training funds,” said ETHRA Workforce Development Director, Dr. Debbie Petree. “These businesses have been able to provide new skills training to their employees which is an ultimate investment in the company and the economic development of the local communities.”

Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill also attended the luncheon. “We are appreciative of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and ETHRA for the Incumbent Worker Training funds,” said Hill. “With these funds, Cumberland County businesses can continue to grow the skills of their employees. CoLinx employees Lisa Colter and Annette Siena had never written a grant before and they completed the paperwork and process to obtain over $25K of training funds for CoLinx to invest in training their employees.”

Companies Recognized

  • Matix Corporation
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • DH Compounding
  • Jacobs and Associates
  • Yale Commercial Locks & Hardware
  • US Utility Enclosures
  • WYKO, INC Engineering
  • Aeroflex USA, Inc
  • Mastercraft Boat Company
  • Tennessee Packaging
  • Denso Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc
  • Big Rock Building Products
  • A&S Building
  • Advance Food Company- Campos Food LLC
  • HME, INC
  • Capstan of Tennessee
  • Advanced,
  • CoLinx
  • Rick Cox Construction Company
  • Carlisle Tire & Wheel
  • HBD Thermoid, Inc
  • Family Practice Associates
  • Hope Industries, Inc
  • Carlex Glass Company

*Photos from luncheon are available. Please contact Milissa Reierson at (615) 741-2257.



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