Lt. Governor Kleefisch Announced Recipients of Recent Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants

Published Monday, February 12, 2018

On February 7, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch traveled to Jay Manufacturing in Oshkosh to announce recipients of the most recent Department of Workforce Development Fast Forward Grants. Receiving a combined total of more than $300,000 in grants was the Neenah-based Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, which represents employers in the six counties of Calumet, Green Lake, Fond du Lac, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago. The grant award will be used to train 60 workers in either manufacturing fundamentals or press brake operation over the next 2 years. There are 8 partner companies involved in the grant: Creative Converting, Gusmer Enterprises, Hoffmaster Creative, Jay Manufacturing, JM Smucker, Muza Metal Products, SMC Metal Fabricators and Waupaca Foundry. All training for the grant will be conducted by Fox Valley Technical College.  Since 2013, the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board has been part of numerous Fast Forward Grants, bringing more than $1 million in DWD dollars to our area.


“We are thrilled to work with our local employers to help bring these dollars to our region,” said Anthony Snyder, CEO of the FVWDB. “The economic impact on these employers is enormous. This training will allow them to fill 60 critical positions which will help these businesses grow, provide a nice financial boost to the employee and further strengthen our region.”  


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