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Kalamazoo area companies awarded more than $235K in grants
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Kalamazoo area companies awarded more than $235K in grants

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Four Kalamazoo manufacturers are among the ten companies receiving more than $235,000 in job training grants.

The Workforce Development Board for the Kalamazoo-St. Joseph Michigan Works office announced the grants earlier this month.  The funding is aimed at helping companies train for in-demand jobs.

 "Employers in our fine state are struggling to find qualified technical manufacturing employees who have the skill sets to carry us forward. The grant has given us an opportunity to both develop our current staff and hire and grow new employees with the technical ability but not the training they need to be successful in an advanced manufacturing environment," stated Jan Opalewski, of Fabri-Kal, which was awarded $21,000 for training in industrial electricity and programmable controls.

Other grant recipients include:

  • Vaupell Midwest Molding & Tooling, Inc.  (Constantine)  - $30,014
  • Peterson Spring Corporation (Three Rivers) - $25,000
  • Pro Services, Inc. (Portage)

And $17,350 for the Manufacturing Consortium, which includes:

  • Parker Hannifin-Hydraulics Division (Kalamazoo)
  • Schupan & Sons, Inc. (Kalamazoo)
  • Stryker Instruments and Medical (Kalamazoo)      
  • Sturgis Molded Products (Sturgis)
  • Weber Specialties Company (Schoolcraft)
  • X-L Machine Company, Inc. (Three Rivers)
  • AccroSeal (Vicksburg)
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