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April 23, 2004
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Marshall County Companies Awarded More Than
$100,000 in Job Training Grants

Five Companies Receive Federal Money To Keep Jobs in Area

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley has awarded close to $104,000 in Incumbent Worker grants to five Marshall County companies. The companies receiving the award at a luncheon today were Cosmolab, Tec Air Tennessee, Inc., Teledyne Advanced Manufacturing, Sanford North America and Dole Refrigeration.

"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. These five Marshall County companies have met comprehensive criteria to qualify for these grants. I am proud to award this grant money to keep Marshall county 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 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.

The South Central Tennessee Workforce Board worked with the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development to award the grants. SCT Workforce Board Executive Director Jan McKeel said, "We are so pleased to participate in such a program as this that not only encourages employers to invest in training to make them more competitive in a global market, but rewards them with funding that helps towards the cost of the training. Our existing employers are the most important partner we have, and new job growth is projected to continue from our existing employer ranks."

Larry McKnight, Director of Economic & Community Development for the city of Lewisburg, said, "We appreciate the partnership we have developed with the Department of Labor & Workforce Development and the South Central Tennessee Career Center. Their continued support of our existing industries contributed to the growth of 169 new jobs and $12,000,000 of new investments in 2003. This was especially significant in our recovering from the loss of our largest industrial manufacturer in 2002. The Incumbent Worker Training Program is a very important component of our ongoing strategy of supporting existing industries and helping them to maximize their potential."

Cosmolab, located in Lewisburg, employs 533 full-time employees and is a private label cosmetics manufacturer. They were awarded $26,265. Tec Air Tennessee, Inc., of Lewisburg employs 57 workers and manufactures injection molded components for the automotive/non-automotive industry. They were awarded $34,270. Teledyne Advanced Manufacturing, also of Lewisburg, employs 337 people and does contract manufacturing services of printed circuit boards. They were awarded $16,950. Sanford North America has 400 employees in Lewisburg and is a manufacturer of lead core pencils and markers and artists' supplies including artists' pencils, paints and chalks. They received a $14,600 grant. Dole Refrigeration of Lewisburg employs 48 people and manufactures eutectic holdover plates and commercial plate freezers. Dole received an $11,880 grant.