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NOVEMBER 30, 2005
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Governor Awards Monroe County Job Training Grants

NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $19,905 to Carlex Glass Company, $15,000 to Tennessee Packaging, $6,750 to MasterCraft Boat Company, $5,210 to Aeroflex USA Inc., $3,634 to US Utility Enclosures and $2,150 to Hope Industries Inc.  These Incumbent Worker Training Grants are six 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 6 Monroe County companies are good employers in the area.  This grant will help keep these 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. "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."

“Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley are working hard to keep Monroe County workers on the job,” said Senator Randy McNally.  “These grants are essential to the area and our economy.”
 “The Incumbent Worker grants are a wonderful tool for companies to train their workers in the latest technology and production skills,” said Representative Russell Johnson. 

The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency played a key role in awarding the grants to all of the companies in Monroe County. 

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.

Again the following companies in Monroe County were awarded Incumbent Worker Training Grants:

  1. Carlex Glass Company                $19,905
  2. Tennessee Packaging                  $15,000
  3. MasterCraft Boat Company          $6,750
  4. Aeroflex USA Inc                          $5,210
  5. US Utility Enclosures                    $3,634
  6. Hope Industries Inc                       $2,150


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