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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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DWD Secretary Newson Announces Intent to Award Nearly $4 Million in Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants to Train Almost 3,600 Workers

Grants to support training in manufacturing, construction and transportation fields at Wisconsin employers

MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary (DWD) Reggie Newson announces the DWD's intent to award nearly $4 million in worker training grants to help 57 employers develop in-demand skills for almost 3,600 workers through Round 3 of Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) initiative.

"The Wisconsin Fast Forward program is moving Wisconsin's economy forward," Secretary Newson said. "With each round of grant awards, word is spreading about the program's effectiveness and its positive impact on hundreds of employers and thousands of employees while helping to fuel economic growth and position the state as the nation's talent development leader."

In July, Secretary Newson announced the availability of an additional $8 million in grants to support customized training opportunities in 9 industries. Of this, the DWD is awarding nearly $4 million in the following industries:

DWD previously announced plans to distribute over $6 million in WFF grants for over 170 businesses throughout the state. Today's announcement makes approximately $10 million available to equip more than 10,200 current and new workers with the high-demand skills that are required by almost 230 employers.

Early last year, Governor Walker proposed the $15 million WFF grant initiative, which lawmakers quickly approved with overwhelming bipartisan support. WFF encourages partnerships between employers, training partners and workforce and economic development organizations, and awards grants to support customized training solutions for skilled workers.

The WFF program is administered by the DWD Office of Skills Development (OSD), which has developed an effective process that enables businesses to easily apply for grants. Applications are evaluated by representatives from OSD, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Technical College System, and local chambers of commerce.

DWD expects to make additional WFF – Round 3 grant announcements in the coming weeks for innovative training projects in the financial services, information technology, customer service, small business, health care and agriculture industries.

Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant Awards

Manufacturing

Business Partner

County

Intent to Award

Baptista's Bakery

Milwaukee County

$400,000

Cambridge Major Laboratories

Washington County

$400,000

Allen Edmonds

Ozaukee County

$298,000

Marinette Marine Corporation, ACE Marine, LLC, and Bay Shipbuilding Company

Brown, Door and Marinette Counties

$293,915

InterFlex Group

Lincoln County

$287,500

Masterson Company

Milwaukee County

$189,048

ExacTech, Inc.

Door County

$164,405

Gordon Aluminum Industries

Marathon County

$130,885

Paragon Packaging, LLC

Manitowoc County

$116,592

Tulip Molded Plastics Corporation

Milwaukee County

$115,166

Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies, Inc.

Dane, Grant and Rock Counties

$101,151

ThermTech of Waukesha

Waukesha County

$95,824

Ball Corporation

Dane County

$90,000

Super Steel

Milwaukee County

$85,700

Arow Global

Marathon County

$83,680

Rice Lake Weighing Systems

Barron County

$78,795

Linetec

Marathon County

$76,016

Dillman Equipment

Crawford County

$68,807

SMC, Ltd.

St. Croix County

$43,573

KLH Industries, Inc.

Washington County

$27,721

Semling-Menke Company, Inc.

Lincoln County

$21,918

SMC, Ltd.

St. Croix County

$14,765

Nicolet Plastics, Inc.

Oconto County

$14,752

Minnesota Rubber & Plastics

St. Croix County

$11,456

Northern Metal Fab, Inc.

St. Croix County

$7,522

TOTAL

 

$3,217,191

Transportation

Business Partner

County

Intent to Award

RGL Specialty Services, LLC

Brown County

$193,000

Merchants Delivery Moving & Storage Company

Racine County

$170,686

Schneider Finance, Inc.

Brown County

$113,750

Auto Select, Inc., Brickner's of Wausau, Crystal Finishing Systems, Griesbach Auto Service, JX Truck Center, Kocourek Ford, Kocourek Chervolet, Kocourek Nissan Kia, Kocourek Subaru, Kocourek Wausau Imports, Mid-State Truck Service, Olson Tire & Auto Service, Inc., Roehl Transport, Inc. and Wisconsin Kenworth

Marathon County

$88,455

Neesvig's, Inc. and Meyer Food Service, LLC

Dane and Milwaukee Counties

$54,000

TOTAL

 

$619,891

Construction

Business Partner

County

Intent to Award

J.H. Findorff and Son, Inc

Dane County

$105,082

Mashuda Contractors, Inc., Edward Kraemer and Sons, Inc., Trierweiler Construction & Supply Company, New Berlin Grading, Inc., Capitol Underground and RelyCo, Inc.

Brown, Dane, Marathon,  Waukesha and Waushara Counties

$37,050

Hoffman Construction Company, Fahrner Asphalt Sealers, Musson Brothers, Mashuda Contractors, Inc. and Dolson, Inc.

Dane, Green Lake, Jackson, Oneida and Portage Counties

$6,384

TOTAL

 

$148,516

A summary including additional details on each approved application can be found here http://wisconsinfastforward.com/reports.htm.

To learn more about Wisconsin Fast Forward, visit WisconsinFastForward.com.

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