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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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Developing Wisconsin's Workforce: DWD Highlights Governor's Customized Worker Training Initiatives at New Holstein Employer

NEW HOLSTEIN – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today cited The Wasmer Company as an example of an employer that is addressing its immediate and future need for skilled workers through innovative, customized training supported through Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) initiative.

"Since Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative passed the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support last year, employers like The Wasmer Company have partnered with other employers, training providers and others to develop customized training that is demand-driven and identifies specific workforce needs," Secretary Newson said. "Employers in communities across the state are taking advantage of the new worker training grant initiative, resulting in economic rewards that will continue well into the future."

The Wasmer Company, an energy efficiency consulting firm, received a $187,826 Wisconsin Fast Forward grant in March to train current workers and new hires in manufacturing, sales, and accounting occupations. The collaborative training project, led primarily by Lakeshore Technical College, is set to begin in July. Nearly 60 individuals will receive training, approximately 38 of them new hires.

On Secretary Newson's behalf, Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry visited The Wasmer Company and met with officials, including Director of Finance and Human Resources Amanda Lennartz and Director of Consultant and Client Development Chuck Van. Joining Deputy Secretary Barry was Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) President Michael Lanser. During a tour, officials spoke with employees who will develop new skills through WFF-supported training.

“Wisconsin Fast Forward clearly demonstrates the state’s commitment to small business and the belief that Wisconsin’s small business sector will develop new economy jobs just as The Wasmer Company is doing,” says Lanser. “The fact that a company founded by an LTC alum has come back to us for training is exciting news for me personally but is even better news for the New Holstein community as The Wasmer Company grows.”

Company President and CEO Tim Wasmer stated, “We were ecstatic to discover that The Wasmer Company had received the third largest grant awarded in the first round of the Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) program of the Department of Workforce Development. This grant underscores the value of what the Wasmer Company brings to our clients. We also believe that it clearly demonstrates the state of Wisconsin’s commitment to small business and the belief that Wisconsin’s small business sector will develop vast numbers of new economy jobs.”

The Wasmer Company is comprised of certified Energy Efficiency Consultants and Professional Engineers who are trained to develop and implement fully integrated energy efficient systems. The Wasmer Company works with business owners around the world, educating them on how they can dramatically cut costs and increase both productivity and profitability, while reducing the negative effects energy consumption has on air quality and water supply.

To date, DWD has announced plans to distribute over $6 million in WFF grants, funding projects to help over 6,600 workers gain skills for new jobs or jobs with higher pay. The customized training projects approved so far involve 172 businesses throughout the state.

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