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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
FEBRUARY 22, 2008
(615) 741-2257


GOVERNOR AWARDS TRAINING GRANT TO RUTHERFORD COUNTY EMPLOYER
$50,000 TO THOMPSON MACHINERY COMMERCE CORPORATION

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $50,000 to Thompson Machinery Commerce Corporation in LaVergne, Tenn. The grant will provide training for 60 employees in leadership, communication and conflict resolution training.

“I am pleased to award this grant for leadership training,” said Governor Bredesen.  “These funds help companies provide the training they need to remain competitive and move Tennessee forward in providing more skilled workers and higher paying jobs.”

“I am proud to award this grant money to help train the workers of Thompson Machinery Commerce Corporation in Rutherford County,” said Commissioner Neeley.  “Since July 1, 2007, the Workforce Development Division has obligated $1.5 million to Tennessee companies in Incumbent Worker projects, training more than 5,000 workers.”

“The Incumbent Worker grants keep companies competitive and profitable,” said Representative Kent Coleman.  “I applaud the Governor for awarding this grant to this Rutherford County employer and helping to improve our economy.”

 “I commend the Governor and Commissioner for helping Tennessee companies with training grants,” said Senator Jim Tracy.  “The Incumbent Worker grants are an integral part of the Governor’s special emphasis on job development in our state.”

The Nashville Career Advancement Center was instrumental in awarding the grant to Thompson Machinery Commerce Corporation.

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