CHICOPEE — On Monday, Senator Eric P. Lesser and Representative Joseph F. Wagner welcomed the announcement that the state’s Workforce Training Fund had awarded grants to companies in Chicopee and Ludlow.

“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 Senator Lesser.

“The Workforce Training Fund serves as a great mechanism in assisting employers in their efforts to support and grow their businesses through the allocation of dedicated resources for training programs. Workforce development spurs growth in our workers, our businesses and our economy. I am delighted to see our local businesses benefit from the fund,” said Representative Wagner.

Mechanical Drive Components, Inc. in Chicopee was awarded $33,630 to train nine workers. One additional job is expected to be added by 2019.

In Ludlow, two companies received grants.

Commercial Machine, Inc. was awarded $37,100 to train 10 workers; one additional job is expected to be added by 2019. Luso Federal Credit Union was awarded $21,700 to train 32 workers, with four new 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.

Senator Lesser and Representative Wagner are the Senate and House Chairmen of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. In September, they brought a committee hearing to Springfield Technical Community College so local officials could have input on bills affecting the state’s economy.

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