NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded a total of $137,850 to four Sumner County Companies; Betty Machine Company, MISA Metal Processing of Tennessee, Inc., Servpro Industries, Inc., and RR Donnelley . More than $3 million in Incumbent Worker Training Grants was awarded in fiscal year 2005-06 benefiting almost 15,000 Tennessee workers who retained their jobs and received skill upgrades.
“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 will help keep these 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. "These companies in Sumner County have met comprehensive criteria to qualify for this grant. I am proud to award this grant money to keep area workers on the job."
“I commend Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for awarding the Incumbent Worker grants to these companies.,” said Representative Mike MacDonald. “This will help keep Sumner County workers employed and help improve our economy.”
Workforce Essentials played a key role in awarding the grant to the four companies. “The TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development, along with the training coordination services of the North TN Workforce Board and WorkForce Essentials, have focused our combined efforts on the betterment of today's workers while looking towards the future needs of Tennessee businesses,” said Marla Rye, Workforce Essentials president
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development 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.
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 five full-time employees, 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.
The four companies receiving the grants are listed below with individual grant amounts.