Eight Western Massachusetts Businesses Awarded $570,000 in Workforce Training Funds

Eight businesses in Western Massachusetts received more than $570,000 in Workforce Training Grant funds through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Senator Eric P. Lesser announced today. “We know the key to economic growth is a highly trained local workforce. These funds will help our local small businesses keep their employees competitive and up-to-speed with the latest technologies,” Lesser said.

"These grants are great news for the entire Commonwealth, and especially right here in Longmeadow and East Longmeadow,” said Representative Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow). “The workforce training grants will help with job retention, job development as well as job creation.”

Western Massachusetts recipients include Mechanical Drive Components, Inc. and the Polish National Credit Union in Chicopee; Premier Source Credit Union in East Longmeadow; the Willie Ross School for the Deaf in Longmeadow; B & R Machine in Ludlow; and Pioneer Valley Urology, Springfield Super Brush and Springfield Valet Park of America in Springfield.

The Workforce Training Fund provides up to $250,000 to companies of any size in Massachusetts to pay for workforce training over a two-year period. Grant recipients benefit from improved worker productivity and efficiency, helping them save money and fueling job growth.

Grants are matched dollar-for-dollar by the recipients. Interested businesses are encouraged to visit www.commcorp.org/wtfp to learn more about the program.