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MARCH 18, 2008
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Governor Awards Lawrence Co. Company Job Training Grant
Graftech international ltd Awarded MORE THAN $19,600

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $19,600 to GrafTech International Ltd. in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. for team building training.

“I am pleased to award this grant for skills 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.”

Incumbent Worker Training grants assist the state’s existing employers with training needs.  Over the past five years the Incumbent Worker Training grants have totaled more than $8.1 million, benefiting 314 companies across Tennessee. As a result of those grants, 31,998 workers have been trained, saving jobs and preventing some companies from downsizing or moving out of the state.

 “I am proud to award this grant money to keep area workers on the job,” said Commissioner Neeley.  “Not only will this company benefit from the grant, but the surrounding communities of Lawrence County will benefit as well."

“I commend Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for awarding the Incumbent Worker grant to GrafTech International, “ said Senator Doug Jackson. “This will help keep Lawrence County workers employed and help improve our economy.”

The South Central Tennessee Workforce Board played a key role in awarding the grants to the Lawrence County companies.


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.

Representative Joey Hensley also represents Lawrence County.


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