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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2003

Blagojevich announces nearly $1 million in Opportunity Returns training grants
Funds part of Governor’s economic development strategy

CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced the awarding of 19 workforce training grants totaling $900,000 to companies and organizations across the state as part of Opportunity Returns, the Blagojevich Administration’s  regional comprehensive approach to economic development and job creation in Illinois. The grants are being awarded through the Employer Training Investment Program’s (ETIP) Small/Mid-sized Company component and will be used to upgrade the skills of more than 8,800 workers statewide. 
 
“One of the first things my administration did was craft the 21st Century Jobs Training initiative to create a new generation of employer-focused, customized training programs to address the needs of large, medium and small-sized manufacturers in the state,” Blagojevich said.  “Keeping workers up to speed with new technologies and business practices is vital to increasing business productivity, reducing costs, improving quality and boosting the competitiveness of not only the state’s workforce but of Illinois’ companies as well.”
 
Eleven companies are receiving the grants through the program’s single company option, with eight organizations receiving the grants through the plan’s multi-company option.  Nearly 500 companies can access the training funds through the multi-company option.  The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) administers the ETIP grants, which reimburse companies and organizations for up to 50 percent of the costs of training their employees.  
 
“This is the first time these funds have been set aside for companies with under 250 employees,” said DCEO Director Jack Lavin. “This initiative, particularly the newly-created Small to Mid-sized Company component, will offer assistance to address the training needs necessary to retain and expand manufacturing companies in the state, especially those businesses that act as suppliers to larger companies.”
 
The following single and multi-company option ETIP grants have been released:

ETIP Grantees

Organization Name/Location

 

Single Company Option:

# Workers Trained

Amount

 
A.J.R. Industries
29
$ 12,632
Elk Grove Village/Cook County
 
 
 
Atlas Material Testing Technology, LLC
 
144
 
$ 37,825
Chicago/Cook County
 
 
 
Cudner & O’Connor
 
12
 
$ 11,650
Chicago/Cook County
 
 
 
DeCardy Diecasting, Inc.
 
20
 
$ 11,211
Chicago/Cook County
 
 
 
Disco Machine & Manufacturing
 
25
 
$ 10,500
Norridge/Cook County
 
 
 
G.A.I.M. Engineering, Inc.
 
8
 
$ 10,138
Bensenville/DuPage County
 
 
 
Lion Tool & Die Company
 
18
 
$  4,450
Algonquin/McHenry County
 
 
 
Springfield Electric
 
223
 
$ 14,896
Springfield/Sangamon County
 
 
 
Summit Industries
 
77
 
$ 43,875
Chicago/Cook County
 
 
 
Gateway Food Products Co.
 
15
 
$ 29,875
Dupo/St. Clair County
 
 
 
Excel Foundry & Machine, Inc.
 
96
 
$   7,030
Pekin/Tazewell County
 

Multi-Company Option

 
 
Assoc. of IL Electric Cooperatives (AIEC)
2,801
$ 83,653
Springfield/Sangamon County
 
 
 
Eastern Illinois University –
Business & Technology Institute
 
286
 
$ 50,000
 
Charleston/Coles County
 
 
 
Elgin Community College
 
485
 
$ 51,938
Elgin/Kane County
 
 
 
Employers Association of Illinois
 
1,160
 
$184,550
Peoria/Peoria County
 
 
 
Jane Addams Resource Corp. (JARC)
 
164
 
$ 40,250
Chicago/Cook County
 
 
 
Lewis & Clark Community College
 
150
 
$ 30,000
Godfrey/Madison County
 
 
 
Northern Illinois Regional Consortium (NIRC)
 
2,522
 
$210,574
Des Plaines, Palatine, Glen Ellyn, Grayslake
Cook, DuPage, Lake Counties
 
 
 
Waubonsee Community College
 
                      610           
 
$55,000
Aurora/Kane County
 
 
 
TOTAL:
8,845
$900,047
 
 
 


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