Local Manufacturers Participate in Consortium Receiving Major State Grant Funds


The state of Indiana has selected a newly formed workforce development entity as the recipient of a $400-thousand grant.

According to the Center of Workforce Innovations, the “Skill Up Indiana” grant will provide funding to community partnerships to help with training and other educational opportunities. Those skills will hopefully be translated into a workforce that better meets employer needs.

The state has $11-million in total to distribute as per Governor Mike Pence’s recommendation. More than $400-thousand of that allotment, however, will be given to the Northwest Indiana Manufacturing Consortium.

The organization consists of 22 region manufacturing employers that came together for the grant application. Included in that group are the Winamac-based Braun Corporation, Francesville-based Fratco and Kruz, Inc., which is located in Knox.

The group says the grant will go a long way toward ensuring the local workforce has the skills necessary to fill available jobs.