Clean Energy Training Funding Offered by Ohio

Ten Ohio companies that manufacture components in the wind, solar and biomass industries have received grants which will enable them to train workers in these emerging, advanced energy technologies.

The grants, part of the state’s “Energizing Careers” program, will total more than $1.1 million and will go toward reimbursing the cost of training  up to $6,000 for full-time employees. The program, administered by the Ohio Department of Development, is funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Ohio counties which have been impacted by the restructuring of the automotive industry were given preferential funding for this project.

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“The future of our economy is advanced energy manufacturing and our workforce must keep up with the demands of the marketplace,” said Christiane Schmenk, Director of the Ohio Department of Development. “These training dollars will benefit incumbent workers, as well as allow new employees to be hired.”

Under the program, 108 new workers and 83 incumbent workers will receive training under the program. Marathon Special Products, of Bowling Green, earned the largest grant award of the ten companies. The $250,600 grant will train 120 incumbent employees to manufacture the company’s solar power integration components, wind power connections, and wind circuit protection devices.

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