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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
APRIL 26, 2007
(615) 741-2257
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MEDIA ADVISORY

14 AREA COMPANIES HONORED FOR INCUMBENT WORKER TRAINING

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner James Neeley will be at Natchez Trace State Park Thursday, April 26 to honor 14 West Tennessee companies who have received Incumbent Worker Training Grants totaling more than $330,000. The grants were awarded by Governor Phil Bredesen and Commissioner James Neeley in 2006-2007. The Southwest Human Resource Agency and the West Tennessee Workforce Investment Board were instrumental in awarding the grants to these companies.

Commissioner Neeley will speak at a luncheon given by the West Tennessee Workforce Investment Board at the Natchez Trace State Park Inn and present certificates to the companies for participation in the Incumbent Worker Training Program.

The Incumbent Worker Training Grants help Tennessee companies avoid downsizing and keep jobs in the state. Close to $6.2 million in Incumbent Worker Training Grants was awarded in the past four years benefiting approximately 25,000 Tennessee workers.

WHO:

Eastman Chemical
Tennessee Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Bob Henningsen, Deputy Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development

WHAT:

STAR Award for Workplace Safety and Health

WHEN:

Wednesday, October 25, 2006
11:00 a.m. (EDT)

WHERE:

Eastman Chemical
100 N. Eastman Road
Kingsport, Tennessee 37662

WHO:

Commissioner James Neeley, TDLWD
Southwest Human Resource Agency
West Tennessee Workforce Investment Board
Accellent Orthopedics
-Memphis
$36,454
ARJ Manufacturing-Jackson
$6,047
Champion Homes-Paris
$11,463
Dynametal Technologies-Brownsville
$24,838
General Electric-Selmer
$24,082
Gyrus ENT-Memphis
$32,250
Manufacturers IndustrialGroup- Lexington
$16,575
M.T.D-Dresden
$12,925
Monogram Refrigeration-Selmer
$20,000
Neo Products Corporation-Henderson
$20,875
UGN-Jackson
$30,118
Valspar-Jackson
$22,901
Volvo Penta-Lexington
$41,823
Whirlpool-Jackson
$31,013

For more information regarding the Incumbent Worker Training Program go to www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/et_services_employers.html. For previous news releases featuring the companies above go to www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/news/news.htm.

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