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Two MPMA members earn MJSP Grants

Tuesday, November 20, 2018  
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Congratulations to MPMA members, The Specialty Manufacturing Co. and Wilson Tool International, for earning workforce development grants under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Under the partnership, educational institutions and businesses work together to secure MJSP funding. Businesses initially meet with an accredited educational institution to explain their training needs and to learn options. Once they agree on a plan, the educational institution contacts DEED to determine eligibility for a grant.

“The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership works to ensure that critical training for high-skill jobs is available to Minnesota workers throughout the state,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy, who chairs the MJSP Board. “This is a win-win for Minnesota businesses remaining competitive and educational institutions offering new and advanced training.” 

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, The Specialty Manufacturing Co., St. Paul – $49,668: Specialty Manufacturing Company provides product design and development services, and manufacturers valves used for a variety of pneumatic and fluid control applications. Customized training will be given to 93 production workers, managers and engineers. The curriculum will include: Introduction to Production Operations Improvement Systems, Continuous Improvement Skills Matrix (5S, Six Sigma, Kaizen), Structured Problem Resolution and Lean Enhancement. 

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Wilson Tool International, White Bear Lake – $372,434: Wilson Tool International is one of the world’s largest independent manufacturers of tooling systems for punch presses, press brakes and punch and die components. Nine training components, to include Employee Succession Planning, Collective Leadership, Dynamics of Dialogue, Preservation of Organizational Expertise, On-Boarding, Workplace Technology Utilization, Foreign Customs and Compliance, Speaking Wilson Tool, and Productivity Technologies and Techniques, will be developed. All 463 employees will receive training in at least one subject matter. Six employees will participate in a train-the-trainer course.

For more detailed information and to see the full list of grant winners, click here.