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7 Mid-Mon Valley firms land state grants

| Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Seven companies in the Mid-Mon Valley were recently selected to receive economic training grants from the commonwealth.

A total of $87,612 in training grants was awarded to the following companies for fiscal year 2012-13:

• Conspec Controls Inc., $5,050;

• DMI Companies in Charleroi, $13,850

• Monongahela Valley Hospital, $22,800

• Perryman Company-California Technology Park, $9,350

• Progeny Systems Corporation, $17,100

• Rose Plastic USA, $6,200

• Shumar's Welding and Machine Services in Grindstone, $13,262.

“I commend these organizations for actively seeking and successfully applying for a training grant through the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania,” state Rep. Peter J. Daley said.

“Through these grants, individuals can seek out and obtain training they need in today's manufacturing and technology-based businesses.

“Workforce development is an important part of growing and expanding not only our local job base, but also in helping to power our local companies to create the jobs of the future, giving them a competitive edge.”

Created in 1999, the network is funded by the state Department of Community and Economic Development through the PA First Fund. Partners in the program provide support to help companies assess their training needs, develop training plans and apply for funding.

Historically, nearly 90 percent of all state funds allocated to WEDnetPA have gone directly to pay for employee training.

For example, MVH received $20,250 for basic an advanced Excel class and $2,550 for IT training. From 2004 to 2011, MVH has received grants totally $92,128.

The grant allocated to Perryman Company, located in the California Technology Park, is funding employee training safety, and ergonomic training for employee workplace behavior, said Bruce Mazza, human resources manager.

The grants are an investment by the state organization in local firms.

“I believe this is proof positive of the potential that we have right here in the Mon Valley to grow business and industry and fuel the economic revitalization of the commonwealth,” Daley said.