LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Workforce Development Agency today announced Michigan Strategic Fund approval of $1,857,982 in Skilled Trades Training Fund program grants to 16 Michigan Works! agencies around the state. The funds will be awarded to Michigan companies for skilled trades training to better match talent with employer needs.

“Michigan’s economic vitality and opportunities for business and job growth depend on a workforce with the necessary talents and training for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “Workforce training programs that are responsive to the needs of industry are basic to our commitment to reinvent government and create more and better jobs in Michigan.”

Announced by Snyder in January, the Skilled Trades Training Fund program provides competitive awards to Michigan Works! agencies to fund employer-driven training in high-demand occupations. Participating businesses must commit to hire participants at the successful completion of classroom training, or in cases of on-the-job or incumbent worker training, retain the employees at the completion of training.

Today’s STTF recipients will distribute the funds to 34 Michigan employers in their regions, who will use the funds to upskill 5,634 current employees and 137 new employees and create up to 130 new jobs as a result of the training. The employers will provide a total of $10.7 million in matching funds (for complete details on winning agencies and employers, see list below).

“The Skilled Trades Training Fund allows employers access to workers who possess the skills needed to grow their business,” said Workforce Development Agency Director Christine Quinn. “Employers are involved in every step of the process, including identifying key skill sets and recommending the appropriate type of training. This level of involvement translates into job growth for the business and job opportunities for the workers.”

A total of $10 million has been allocated for the Fiscal Year 2014 Skilled Trades Training Fund program. Funds will be awarded on an ongoing basis. For more information on the Skilled Trades Training Fund program, visit the Workforce Development Agency at

The Workforce Development Agency promotes a flexible, innovative, and effective workforce system within the State of Michigan.  The WDA and the Michigan Works! system provide services to employers and job seekers to train and place skilled workers in good jobs across Michigan.

Skilled Trades Training Fund program awards

Organization Name


Amount Awarded

Capital Area Michigan Works!

Alliance Interiors



Burcham Hills Retirement Center

East Lansing


Cameron Tool Corporation



Demmer Corporation Lansing


Franchino Mold & Engineering Company Lansing


Roberts Sinto Corporation



Ryder Integrated Logistics Lansing


Sandmold System



Symmetry Medical Lansing


Williamston Products, Inc. Williamston


Central Area Michigan Works!




Eastern Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!

Precision Edge Surgical Products Company Sault Ste. Marie, Boyne City


Genessee Shiawassee Michigan Works!

Crest Marine, LLC Owosso


Rugged Liner, Inc.



Senderra RX Partners Flint


Sonoco Protective Solutions Owosso


Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!

Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation Hemlock


Nexteer Automotive Corporation Saginaw


Spicer Group, Inc.



Livingston County Michigan Works!

CRW Plastics USA, Inc. Howell


Michigan Works! Calhoun Intermediate School District

Starr Commonwealth



Northeast Michigan Works!

Moran Iron Works Onaway


Northwest Michigan Council of Governments/Northwest Michigan Works!

Moeller Aerospace Technology Harbor Springs


Petoskey Plastics



Oakland County Michigan Works!

William Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak


Ottawa County Michigan Works!

Baumann Tool & Die Zeeland


Metalution Holland


South Central Michigan Works!

Hornet Manufacturing Hudson


Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) Michigan Works!

Ford Motor Company – Flat Rock Assembly Plant Flat Rock


Trinity Health Corp Livonia


Washtenaw County Michigan Works!

Adaptive Materials, Inc. Ann Arbor


West Central Michigan Works!

General Mills Operations, LLC Reed City


Reed City Tool, Inc. Reed City


Whitehall Industries Ludington






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