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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

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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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


Business Partner


Intent to Award

Baptista's Bakery

Milwaukee County


Cambridge Major Laboratories

Washington County


Allen Edmonds

Ozaukee County


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

Brown, Door and Marinette Counties


InterFlex Group

Lincoln County


Masterson Company

Milwaukee County


ExacTech, Inc.

Door County


Gordon Aluminum Industries

Marathon County


Paragon Packaging, LLC

Manitowoc County


Tulip Molded Plastics Corporation

Milwaukee County


Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies, Inc.

Dane, Grant and Rock Counties


ThermTech of Waukesha

Waukesha County


Ball Corporation

Dane County


Super Steel

Milwaukee County


Arow Global

Marathon County


Rice Lake Weighing Systems

Barron County



Marathon County


Dillman Equipment

Crawford County


SMC, Ltd.

St. Croix County


KLH Industries, Inc.

Washington County


Semling-Menke Company, Inc.

Lincoln County


SMC, Ltd.

St. Croix County


Nicolet Plastics, Inc.

Oconto County


Minnesota Rubber & Plastics

St. Croix County


Northern Metal Fab, Inc.

St. Croix County






Business Partner


Intent to Award

RGL Specialty Services, LLC

Brown County


Merchants Delivery Moving & Storage Company

Racine County


Schneider Finance, Inc.

Brown County


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


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

Dane and Milwaukee Counties






Business Partner


Intent to Award

J.H. Findorff and Son, Inc

Dane County


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


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

Dane, Green Lake, Jackson, Oneida and Portage Counties





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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