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Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 29, 2013

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Communications Office
(603)271-2121

Governor Hassan Announces Five Job Training Fund Grants for NH Companies in August
Matching Contributions Will Help Train 719 Workers in New Skills, Including up to 450 workers at C&S Wholesale Grocers in Keene

CONCORD - Continuing her efforts to support programs that help New Hampshire workers develop the skills and innovative thinking necessary for good jobs in the 21st century economy, Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that five companies will be awarded job training grants to help them train up to 719 workers in new skills.

The job training grants total $173,860. The companies contributed matching funds – with one company giving more than the required one-to-one match – bringing the total funds for training workers to $397,870.

"I am proud to announce these critical grants to help New Hampshire’s workers develop skills for good jobs at growing businesses," Governor Hassan said. "New Hampshire’s Job Training Fund is a valuable resource that has helped prepare thousands of workers for high-quality jobs in the 21st century economy. We must continue to focus on job training and higher education in order to develop a highly skilled workforce that will attract innovative businesses, help existing ones grow, and create jobs that can support a strong middle class."

  • C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. of Keene is being recommended for a $100,000 grant to use Config Systems to train up to 450 employees in Oracle applications and ERP software. The company will match the grant with $150,150 in funds, exceeding the required one-to-one match. The funding request will be submitted to Governor and Council for approval.

"I applaud C&S for making this substantial investment in their workforce, helping workers develop skills in innovative technology that will strengthen both their futures and the future of the company," Governor Hassan said.

  • New England Forest Products Inc. of Greenfield received a grant of $6,330 for training 15 employees in management and marketing, CPR, and hardwood grading at Nashua Community College, the Academy of First Responders, and the National Hardwood Lumber Association.
  • Textiles Coated International of Manchester received a grant of $24,750 for training up to 180 employees in ISO 9001 and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software using New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NHMEP) and Timesoft Consulting LLC as trainers.
  • Manchester-based Cellular Specialties Inc. received a Job Training Fund grant of $14,155 for providing training for 71 workers from NHMEP, Manchester Community College, Highly Trained Eye, and Organization Performance Specialists in ISO 9001:2008, meeting facilitation, teambuilding/cross department communication, and team problem solving respectively.

A grant of $28,625 was awarded to Turbocam International in Barrington and Dover for training up to 10 employees in operation and maintenance of machines and machine tools at their new manufacturing training facility.

The Job Training Fund has awarded $6,326,499.60 in grants since October 2007, with employers contributing $8,959,501.10 for a total of $15,286,000.70 in new training for 19,004 New Hampshire workers. Companies interested in applying to the Job Training Fund should visit the fund's web site at www.nhjobtrainingfund.org.