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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
AUGUST 29, 2005
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Governor Awards Three Carroll County Companies Job Training Grants
Grants total more than $73,550

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $73,552 in Incumbent Worker grants to three Carroll County companies to avoid downsizing and keep jobs in the area. Norandal in Huntingdon will receive $49,352. Dana Corporation, Plumley Division, located in McKenzie, will receive $15,600, and Custom Tool and Design in Huntingdon will get $8,600.

“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 three Carroll County companies are major employers in the area. The grants will help keep the companies 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. "Norandal, Dana Corporation’s Plumley Division and Custom Tool and Design have met comprehensive criteria to qualify for these grants. I am proud to award this grant money to keep Carroll County workers on the job."

“I commend Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for awarding the Incumbent Worker grants to these three companies,” said Senator Don McLeary. “This will help keep Carroll County workers employed and help improve our economy.”

“These grants are an important step in keeping these companies competitive and keeping their workers trained in the latest technology,” said Representative Mark Maddox. “Governor Bredesen and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development are working hard to keep Tennessee’s workers on the job.”

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 Southwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency and the West Tennessee local workforce board also contributed in awarding the grants to the three Carroll County companies.

Close to $1 million in Incumbent Worker Training grants were awarded in fiscal year 2004-2005.
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