Area Employers Awarded over $1.3M for TrainingThrough Cycle 2 of Going PRO Talent Fund

Twenty-four area employers located across Genesee, Huron, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties were awarded a total of $1,353,925 to train current and new employees and apprentices. The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) invests Going PRO Talent Fund grants to employers through Michigan’s workforce system through a competitive application process.

The Talent Fund is designed to assist employers in training, developing, and retaining current and newly hired employees. Training courses are typically short-term and fill a demonstrated training need experienced by the employer. Training must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by industry.

“The Going-Pro Talent Fund is such a valuable tool for our businesses in the region.  Not only does it help them train new employees, but it ensures that they are able to maintain the skills of their current workforce in this ever-changing environment.  The ability to continue to grow their business relies on a skilled workforce…. and healthy businesses help the entire region prosper.” Jody Kerbyson, CEO, GST Michigan Works!

Complete list of Talent Fund awards facilitated by GST Michigan Works!:

OrganizationCountyAward Amount
Vetcon Inc.Genesee County$ 39,500.00
TGI Direct Inc – FlintGenesee County$ 33,048.00
Communities First, Inc.Genesee County$ 28,996.00
Johnson & Wood LLCGenesee County$ 120,105.00
Fenton Winery & Brewery – FentonGenesee County$ 28,091.00
Premier Security Solutions – FlintGenesee County$ 244,364.00
WT Stevens Construction, Inc. -Flint OfficeGenesee County$ 81,949.00
ACI Plastics- FlintGenesee County$ 252,460.00
Barrette Outdoor Living – FlintGenesee County$ 60,098.00
Valley Enterprises Ubly, Inc.Huron County$ 11,267.00
Regency Plastics, Inc.Huron County$ 44,000.00
Antolin Michigan IncSanilac County$ 32,786.00
Midwest Rubber Company / DeckervilleSanilac County$ 16,231.00
Great Lakes Composite – OwossoShiawassee County$ 21,607.00
Memorial HealthcareShiawassee County$ 22,296.00
Midwest Bus Corporation- OwossoShiawassee County$ 41,205.00
Crest Marine LLCShiawassee County$ 22,425.00
TCA Management LLCTuscola County$ 20,697.00
Walbro – Cass CityTuscola County$ 23,138.00
Mi-Tech Tooling Inc – Cass CityTuscola County$ 25,622.00
Greater Thumb EyecareTuscola County$ 650.00
StemcoTuscola County$ 8,955.00
Laser Marking TechnologiesTuscola County$ 6,435.00
Third Man Pressing, LLC – DetroitWayne County$ 168,000.00