DECEMBER 13, 2007
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Nordyne Awarded $23,800

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $23,800 to Nordyne in Dyersburg, Tenn. Incumbent Worker Training grants assist existing employers with training needs associated with skills upgrades for their employees.  Over the past three years, Incumbent Worker Training grants have totaled more than $5.7 million to assist more than 22,000 employees.

"It is vital for Tennessee employers to continually train and upgrade the skills of their workers for our state to remain economically competitive," said Governor Bredesen.   "This program provides funds for retraining employees to help Tennessee businesses become more productive and the skills of their employees even more valuable."

"I am proud to award this grant money to keep area workers on the job," said Commissioner Neeley.  "Nordyne will use the grant for human relations development training for 40 leaders of companies from several west Tennessee counties.  They anticipate the training will save jobs and improve the long-term wage levels of trainees."

“I commend Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for awarding the Incumbent Worker grant to Nordyne,” said Representative Phillip Pinion.  “This will help keep Dyer County workers employed and help improve our economy.

“The Incumbent Worker grants are a wonderful tool for companies to train their workers in the latest technology and production skills,” said Representative Craig Fitzhugh. 

The Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board was the lead agency in awarding the grant to Nordyne. Also instrumental in getting funding for the company to provide the training were the Southwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency and the Workforce Investment Network.

 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 in 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.

Senator Mark Norris also represents Dyer County.

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