Senator Lesser Lauds Workforce Training Grants Awarded to Companies in Springfield, East Longmeadow

SPRINGFIELD — On Monday, Senator Eric P. Lesser welcomed the announcement that the state’s Workforce Training Fund had awarded grants to companies in Springfield and East Longmeadow.

“I am thrilled that our local businesses have received these grants to train workers. Not only do they make these companies more competitive, but they give workers needed skills that make them more attractive job applicants in the future. These grants will continue to strengthen our region’s established advantage in high-tech manufacturing,” said Sen. Lesser.

In Springfield, Northstar Pulp and Paper, which Sen. Lesser visited earlier this year, was awarded $100,749 to train 65 workers. Eight additional jobs are expected to be added by 2019.

In East Longmeadow, Maybury Material Handling was awarded $134,610 to train 80 workers, with six additional jobs expected to be added by 2019.

According to Gov. Charlie Baker’s office, a total of $11.9 million in workforce training grants were awarded to 121 Massachusetts companies across the state.

Grants from the program award up to $250,000 to give companies an opportunity to pay for employee training over a two-year period. The awards are projected to create 1,000 new jobs statewide and will go towards training approximately 7,000 workers.

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