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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
MARCH 18, 2008
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Governor Awards Maury CoUNTY Company
Job Training Grant

Pioneer Manufacturing Awarded $19,000

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $19,000 to Pioneer Manufacturing Inc., in Spring Hill, Tenn. to train 20 employees in lean manufacturing concepts.  

 “I am pleased to award this grant for lean manufacturing 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.”

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.

"The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides grant funding for customized training for existing businesses," said Commissioner Neeley. "I am proud to award this grant money for the workers of Maury County.”

The South Central Tennessee Workforce Board played a key role in awarding the grants.

 

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 Bill Ketron and Representative Tom DuBois represent Maury County.

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