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NOVEMBER 8, 2005
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Governor Awards Washington County Companies Job Training Grants
Three Companies Awarded a total of $103,800

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $50,000 to American Water Heater Company, $29,800 to Superior Industries International Inc., and 24,000 to Appalachia Business Communications. 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 major employers in the area. This grant will help keep American Water Heater, Superior Industries International and Appalachia Business Communications 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 Johnson City and Gray, 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."

Senator Rusty Crowe, Representative Matthew Hill, and Representative David Davis represent Washington County.

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 Alliance for Business and Training also contributed in awarding the grant to American Water Heater Company, Superior Industries International Inc. and Appalachia Business Communications.

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