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Area Companies Will Benefit From Worker Training Grant

The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board was recently named a recipient of two Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Fast Forward Grants valued at more than $300,000. The first grant announced is the Mechanical Fundamentals Grant, a $200,000 award to train 36 total employees to repair mechanical equipment in an industrial setting. Companies partnering in that grant include; Gusmer Enterprises and Waupaca Foundry in Waupaca, Hoffmaster Creative in Oshkosh, Creative Converting in Clintonville; and JM Smucker in Ripon. The second grant announced is the Board’s Press Brake Grant, a nearly $111,000 award to train 24 employees in the operation of a press brake. Companies partnering in the Press Brake Grant are Jay Manufacturing, Muza Metal Products and SMC Metal Fabricators all located in Oshkosh.