Mecosta, Osceola, Lake businesses to receive training grants


LANSING — About half a dozen businesses in Mecosta, Osceola and Lake counties will be “Going PRO,” thanks to state training grants.

On Friday, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) announced the recipients of its Going PRO Talent fund, seven of which are in the tri-county area.

According to a press release from Michigan Works! West Central, 28 companies in its six-county coverage area — Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana and Osceola counties — submitted applications in October. LEO selected 17 companies to share $677,041, which will be used to train 515 employees, including 12 apprentices registered with the US Department of Labor.

Among the companies selected to receive the fund:

  • Leprino Foods (Mecosta County);
  • North Precision Products (Osceola County);
  • Papa’s Place Adult Day Care (Osceola County);
  • Reed City Group (Osceola County);
  • Yoplait/General Mills (Osceola County);
  • Family Health Care (Lake County); and
  • StealthCraft Boats (Lake County).

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Going PRO Talent Fund is playing a vital role in helping employers train, retain and hire new employees,” said Shelly Keene, Executive Director of Michigan Works! West Central, in the press release. “By providing them with industry-recognized training opportunities, these 17 employers will be better positioned to navigate the future workforce landscape.

According to the press release, the funds can be used to “help employers train, develop and retrain current and new employees.” To be selected, business plans had to “be short-term and respond to a demonstrated need for talent felt by the employer. The training must also lead to a transferable and industry-recognized degree”.

“The Going PRO Talent Fund is an invaluable source of funding for Michigan businesses looking to develop their workforce and train new hires. It’s just one of the many tools at Michigan Works! West Central has to offer businesses in our region,” Michigan Works! Merri Bennett, Director of West Central Business Services, said. “We are very pleased with this year’s talent fund awards. work with this year’s winners to maximize their rewards at the end of the training.”

Other recipients within Michigan Works! The West Central district includes:

  • Magna Mirrors (Newaygo County);
  • Nestlé-Gerber Products (Newaygo County);
  • The Brill Company (Mason County);
  • Change Parts Inc. (Mason County);
  • Great Lakes Castings LLC (Mason County);
  • Medilodge of Ludington (Mason County);
  • ServePro of Scottville (Mason County);
  • Upper Exteriors (Mason County);
  • UACJ Automotive Whitehall Industries (Mason County); and
  • Michigan Freeze Pack (Oceana County)

According to the press release, the Going PRO Talent Fund was launched in 2014 as the Skilled Trades Training Fund. LEO awards annual funds and Michigan Works! distribute them to the winners. Over the past seven years, over $2.9 million has been awarded to over 50 different companies in Michigan Works! Region of six West Central counties, training over 2,700 workers.

“The Going PRO Talent Fund aligns with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Sixty by 30 goal to increase the number of working-age adults with a trades certificate or college degree to 60% of by 2030,” the statement read.


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