State and Federal Legislators Support Going PRO Talent Fund Award Winners in Lenawee County.

From left to right: Representative Bronna Khale; Lenawee Service Center Manager, Ashley Vandenbusche; Business Services Manager, Tom Robinson; and Senator Dale Zorn.

LENAWEE, MI – Representative Bronna Kahle and Senator Dale Zorn recognized the six Lenawee County Employers that received Going PRO Talent Fund Awards earlier this year.

“I am pleased to see the funding for Going PRO being awarded to fantastic job providers here in our local community,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “I applaud these organizations for investing in our workers, offering training and new opportunities for skills growth. These grants are vital to keep our workforce competitive, keeping more workers and good paying jobs right here in Lenawee County.”

The grant awards are part of the state’s Going PRO Talent Fund (GPTF). The Fund provides competitive awards for training that enhances talent, productivity and employee retention while increasing the quality and competitiveness of Michigan’s businesses. It ensures that employers have the talent they need to compete and grow nationally and globally, and that people have the in-demand skills they need for good jobs.

“It is an honor to recognize these fantastic employers within our community. Lenawee County is incredibly fortunate to have these companies leading the way in innovation and employee development. I have no doubt that their efforts are improving our community for the better,” said Senator Dale Zorne.

This year Going PRO Talent Fund Award Winners in Lenawee County include: Kirchoff Automotive USA, Inc., Wacker Chemical Corporation, Axis Engineering, L & W Engineering, AGET Manufacturing Company and David Giles-Solved.  Collectively, they are scheduled to receive nearly $260,000 to train current employees, hire additional team members and invest in United States Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeships.

“We are excited about working with the six business over the next year to help them implement their training goals and support their team member success,” said Tom Robinson, Business Services Manager, Michigan Works! Southeast.

“We are delighted that just over a quarter-million dollars was awarded to businesses in Lenawee County for the purpose of investing their workforce,” said Misty Shulters, Deputy Director, Michigan Works! Southeast.  “This is great news for our community and region as it provides opportunity for our workforce to gain new skills. We value our partnership with area businesses, including the six employers who worked collaboratively to bring this competitive funding to Lenawee,” said Shulters.

Michigan Works! Southeast connects employers and job seekers to a better future in Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw Counties as part of a statewide Michigan Works! system.