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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
MARCH 24, 2005
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Ripley Company Awarded $22,129 in Job Training Grant
Marvin Windows and Doors to Receive Grant to Train Employees

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley has awarded $22,129 to Marvin Windows and Doors of Tennessee Inc., located in Ripley, Tennessee. Marvin Windows and Doors, a manufacturer of custom, made-to-order premium wooden door units employing 692 associates, is one of several companies across the state that has applied for the Incumbent Worker Training grant.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) 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

"Marvin Windows and Doors has met comprehensive criteria to qualify for this grant. I am proud to award this grant money to keep more West Tennessee workers on the job,” said Commissioner Neeley. “The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides grant funding for customized training for existing for-profit businesses. Through this customer-driven program, Tennessee is able to effectively retain and keep businesses competitive through the upgrading of skills training for existing full-time employees."

Marvin Windows and Doors’ Human Resources Director Kent Carter said, “We are pleased to be selected for the Job Training Grant for use with our existing workforce. Increasing our associates’ skills, knowledge, and abilities will enable us to become more efficient and cost effective internally, while strengthening our market position externally. Developing a better trained workforce helps the success of both our people and our company to better respond to future customer orders, needs, and changing market demands.”

Dyersburg State Community College, the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board, and the TDLWD worked together as a team to award the grant to Marvin Windows and Doors of Tennessee, Inc.

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 one full-time employee, 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. More Tennessee companies will be receiving incumbent worker grants in the coming months, totaling close to $1 million dollars.

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