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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
NOVEMBER 8, 2005
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Governor Awards Anderson County Companies Job Training Grants
Three Companies Awarded a total of $17,791

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $11,295 to D H Compounding, $4,980 to Advanced Labelworx Inc., and $1,516 to HME Inc. These Incumbent Worker Training Grants are three of many to be awarded to help Tennessee companies avoid downsizing and keep jobs in the state. More than $1 million in Incumbent Worker Training Grants was awarded in fiscal year 2004-2005 benefiting more than 6,000 Tennessee workers.

“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 companies are good employers in the area. This grant will help keep D H Compounding, Advanced Labelworx and HME Inc. 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 Oak Ridge and Clinton, Tennessee, have met comprehensive criteria to qualify for these grants. 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 D H Compounding, Advanced Labelworx Inc. and HME Inc.,” said Representative Leslie Winningham. “This will help keep Anderson County workers employed and help improve our economy.”

“Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley are working hard to keep Anderson County workers on the job,” said Representative Jim Hackworth. “These grants are essential to the area and our economy.”

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

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 East Tennessee Human Resource Agency also contributed in awarding the grants to D H Compounding, Advanced Labelworx and HME Inc.

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