Local Companies Featured on Statewide Television
TV Program Focuses on Job
Nashville - Tennessee Department of Labor
and Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced today that the
state's television program, "Let's Go to Work," will feature companies from
Lewisburg and Pulaski. The news-magazine show follows the progress of three
manufacturing companies that have benefited from Incumbent Worker Training
Grants distributed last year.
"It is essential that we in state government recognize the
needs of existing industry," Neeley said. "Funding training grants to our
existing industries can save jobs and sometimes even promote jobs. Our latest
'Let's Go to Work' program shows all Tennessee employers the benefits of our
Incumbent Worker Program and how they can apply."
The "Let's Go To Work" crew went behind the scenes of
Cosmolab and Tec Air TN Inc. of Lewisburg and Magotteax Inc. of Pulaski. All
were facing the realities of global competition and some were possibly looking
at downsizing. The Incumbent Worker Training Program helped to turn things
around for these companies and allow them to be more competitive and avoid
future layoffs. Last year the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce
Development awarded close to $500,000 in Incumbent Worker grants. More
companies will be announced for 2005.
The host of "Let's Go To Work," Milissa Reierson, is a former
reporter/anchor for WKRN in Nashville. The show's open and close, plus segment
introductions were shot in downtown Columbia in the town square. Reierson also
taped a segment in the Square Market & Café where she interviewed Jan
McKeel, executive director of South Central Tennessee Alliance. The alliance is
one of several partners working with the Tennessee Department of Labor &
Workforce Development to help businesses apply for Incumbent Worker training
grants. "Let's Go to Work" began airing in 1990 and is one of only six states
nationwide with a television show. The department produces six shows a year
that provide information to more than 60 counties across Tennessee. Recently
the state has increased its viewership with the addition of Charter Media's
Mainstreet Community Channels. Viewers in Lewisburg, Pulaski and Columbia can
see the program on Channel 6. The Incumbent Worker show will air Thursday
nights at 8:30 p.m. in March and April.
More information on the "Let's Go to Work"
program can be found on the Internet at www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd; go to the
bottom of the page and click on "Let's Go To Work."
NOTE: Photos available upon request.