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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

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Friday, June 5, 2015
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Developing Wisconsin’s Workforce: DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Highlights Successful Worker Training Program at N.E.W. Plastics

LUXEMBURG– Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson today toured N.E.W Plastics, Corp. in Luxemburg and met workers who successfully completed training that was made possible through a Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) grant.

"Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative is helping businesses across the state build and train their workforce through innovative talent development solutions," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "The results we see at N.E.W. Plastics are reflective of the positive impact that a Wisconsin Fast Forward grant can have on both employers and employees."

In Round 1 of the WFF program, DWD awarded Northeast Wisconsin Technical College $39,611 to train 25 incumbent workers from two plastic product manufacturers, including 19 from N.E.W. Plastics on electrical troubleshooting.

The grant project reached completion last month ahead of schedule, and the original contract to train 25 workers between the two companies evolved into a program in which 36 workers were trained. Of those, 29 received a wage increase. Nineteen of the trainees were from N.E.W Plastics, Corp.

Mike Rekitzke, President of N.E.W. Plastics Corp., provided the following testimonial:

"While the last several years have allowed N.E.W. Plastics Corp. to win awards and grow successfully in a profitable manner, we understand the coming years will provide challenges we have yet to see. One current challenge has been the lack of technically skilled workers facing us, and most manufacturers in Wisconsin. In an effort to make sure we remain an award winning company over the next decade, we know it is imperative that we continue to partner with educators for internships, and invest in our team members to ensure we have the technical skills to keep us competitive. With funding assistance from the Wisconsin Fast Forward grant program, we, along with the state are investing in our team members to ensure they have the tools and skills they will need to keep us on the leading edge. The state of Wisconsin understands our issues and is creating and investing in programs focused on keeping Wisconsin open for business."

Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson was joined on the tour by state Representative Jeff Kitchens.

"I want to thank N.E.W. Plastics for allowing me to tour their impressive facility," Rep. Kitchens said. "It is very encouraging to see how they have put the Wisconsin Fast Forward grant program to use and seen such positive results. I am excited to see what this business, and others like it, continue to do with the Wisconsin Fast Forward program in the future."

For more information on Wisconsin Fast Forward, visit: www.wisconsinfastforward.com

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