Alcoa Howmet Gets Grant


    WHITEHALL — Alcoa Howmet Castings has received a $200,000 Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) grant to upgrade the skills of 850 workers.

    The grant, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., will provide employees with specialized training in streamlined and more efficient advanced manufacturing methods.

    Under the terms of the award, the Muskegon/Oceana Consortium will be the grant administrator with Alcoa Howmet providing a minimum 25 percent funding match.

    “The state of Michigan EDJT grant is a positive sign of the state’s commitment to support employers and employees in Michigan,” said Amy Heisser, Alcoa Howmet’s human resources director. “This grant will assist in providing upgraded skills training for employees in our Whitehall facilities and enhance our ability to compete in the world market.”

    Alcoa Investment Cast and Forged Products, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alcoa, is the world’s largest manufacturer of precision-cast super alloy and titanium components for aerospace and industrial gas turbine engines and non-aerospace applications.

    In her 2005 State of the State address, Gov. Jennifer Granholm emphasized the need to make Michigan a global economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Strengthening Michigan’s work force is part of that plan, with job training one of the tools used to enhance Michigan’s business-friendly climate.

    “Companies looking to expand and compete in today’s globally competitive economy need highly skilled and highly trained workers,” MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway said in a press release. “The EDJT program ensures that those workers are found right here in Michigan.”       

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