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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
January 28, 2004 (615) 741-2257 (OFFICE)
  (615) 308-3705 (CELL)
 

Lawrenceburg Company Awarded Incumbent Worker Grant
Modine Manufacturing to get $45,000 for Training

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley has awarded a $45,000 grant to Modine Manufacturing in Lawrenceburg for incumbent worker training. Modine is the first company to receive funding through the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Total funds available statewide this year are $1 million.

"The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides grant funding for customized training for existing for profit businesses," said Commissioner Neeley. "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."

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.

Modine Manufacturing employs around 200 employees in Lawrenceburg. Modine's corporate office is located in Racine, Wisconsin. The company specializes in thermal management, bringing heating and cooling technology to diversified markets. Modine's products are used in light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles, HVAC equipment, industrial equipment, refrigeration systems, fuel cells, and electronics.

"We are committed to meeting our customers' stringent quality requirements, and to do that, we are constantly upgrading our quality programs and the abilities of our people. We have installed a major new computer-based quality module, and a large number of our people need to be adept in using this system. This grant will pay for the training and will make our people an even more valuable resource to us," said Greg Mansfield, Plant Manager for Modine-Lawrenceburg.

Criteria for the Incumbent Worker Training Program are thorough. Employers must be in 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.

Employers wanting more information on the Incumbent Worker Training program should contact Melinda Williams, Director of Employment Services office at (615) 253-1330.

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