OCTOBER 24, 2005
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Governor Awards Giles County Companies Job Training Grants
Grants Total More Than $65,000

NASHVILLE – Gov. Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $65,314 in Incumbent Worker Grants to four companies in Giles County. The companies receiving the grants are The Timken Corporation, $10,000; Johnson Controls, $16,107; Hubbell Power Systems, $15,777; and Magotteaux, $23,430. These Incumbent Worker Training Grants are several 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 four Giles County companies are major employers in their areas. This grant will help keep them 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 have met comprehensive criteria to qualify for these grants. I am proud to award this grant money to keep area workers on the job."

The South Central Workforce Board played a key role in awarding the grants to the companies in their eight-county area. "Since 2003, we have worked to award more than $500,000 in Incumbent Worker Grants to 15 companies in our counties,” said Executive Director Jan McKeel. “Without a doubt, this partnership between the state, our organization, and the private sector contributes to the successful longevity of these companies and the continued growth and employment of our citizens."

“I thank Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for awarding the Incumbent Worker grants to our Giles County employers and employees,” said Representative Joe Fowlkes.” This will help keep Giles County workers employed and help improve 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 Doug Jackson.

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.