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(3rd Legislative District) — Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly members John Burzichelli and Celeste Riley today announced that two local businesses will split more than $66,000 in state grant money to enhance their employee training programs.

“Staying competitive in this economy means that companies are going to have to take the extra step to ensure their employees have the skills needed to move their business to the next level,” said Sweeney. “It’s great to see the state stepping up to be a full partner with our business community.”

“When businesses and the state team up to provide workers with the tools they will need to not only better themselves but also help their employers grow and prosper, everyone wins,” said Burzichelli. “This grant program is a great example of the private and public sectors working together to make New Jersey stronger.”

Clayton-based Henry Troemner LLC manufactures precision weights and mass standards for use in industry. The company will receive a $19,200 grant to train 17 employees in enterprise resource planning, purchasing procurement and lean manufacturing.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of North America, located in Logan Township, is set to receive $47,000 to provide logistics and materials management, team effectiveness, operations management, leadership, business communication, customer service, and PC skills training to 39 employees — including 3 new hires.

“After months of recession, our economy is turning the corner and our businesses are once again positioning themselves for growth,” said Riley. “This grant will go a long way to helping our businesses make the best investment they can — the investment in having a top-notch, well-trained workforce.”

The funds are being provided through the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Customized Training Grant Program.

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