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April 26, 2001

Governor Announces $8.5 Million In ITP Grants

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today announced more than $8.5 million in Industrial Training Program (ITP) funds have been awarded to upgrade the skills of over 33,000 new and current workers. The grants have been awarded to forty-five entities, including eight companies that will use the funds to instruct their workers and the employees of their suppliers.

"A well-trained, quality workforce is vital to our state's economic health and the Industrial Training Program is an effective tool to assist Illinois companies and upgrade the skills of Illinois workers," Ryan said. "We have committed over $24 million dollars in this fiscal year to ensure that Illinois workers are kept up-to-date on the latest technological innovations that will help them do their jobs better and make their companies more successful."

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA) administers the Industrial Training Program grants on a competitive basis. ITP grants are used as matching funds that reimburse companies or organizations up to 50 percent of eligible training costs.

Among the latest ITP grant recipients are the Illinois Cast Metal Association in Tazewell County and the Valley Industrial Association in Kane County. Those two organizations combined will provide training to over 4,000 workers.

"ITP has been a very effective program in helping draw new businesses to the state," added DCCA Director Pam McDonough, "By being proactive and keeping Illinois workers on the cutting edge of their respective industries, we reduce the potential for an in-state company to look beyond Illinois' borders to meet its workforce needs."

A list of ITP grants follows:

ITP Grantees

Company Name

# Trained


Deere & Company1,401*$329,043
Moline/Rock Island County
Ford Motor Company7,475*$800,000
Chicago/Cook County
Illinois Cast Metals Association330*$ 49,567
North Pekin/Tazewell County
Valley Industrial Association3,750*$800,000
Aurora/Kane County
Willy Wonka/Nestle USA330$148,690
Itasca/DuPage County
Allstate Insurance Company524$524,000
Northbrook/DuPage County
John Deere Harvester Works2,245$753,090
East Moline/Rock Island County
Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives1,000*$ 99,728
Printing Industry of Illinois Association500*$151,864
Chicago/Cook County
The Quaker Oats Company475$154,783
Danville/Vermilion County
Whiting Corporation104$ 44,860
Monee/Will County
Caterpillar, Incorporated1,263*$400,000
Peoria/Peoria County
CCL Custom Manufacturing577$151,325
Danville/Vermilion County
Danville Metal Stamping Company 472$162,995
Danville/Vermilion County
MediChem Research, Incorporated121$ 44,481
Lemont & Des Plaines/Will & Cook Counties
McHenry County Economic Development1,152$345,000
McHenry County
Newell Window Furnishings610$326,501
Freeport/Stephenson County
North Business & Industry Council1,500*$365,146
Chicago/Cook County
Northrop Grumman ESSS-Defensive Systems525$296,792
Rolling Meadows/Cook County
Science Applications International37$ 47,727
Champaign/Champaign County
Cintas Corporation dba Uniforms To You300$220,146
Chicago/Cook County
Snap-On Manufacturing Company360$ 83,847
Mount Carmel/Wabash County
Dick Blick Holdings, Incorporated152$ 46,000
Galesburg/Knox County
Medela, Incorporated240$ 75,173
McHenry/McHenry County
Snap-on Logistics Company146$ 70,877
Crystal Lake District Center
Crytsal Lake/McHenry County
MPP Management Company55$ 23,201
DuQuoin/Perry County
MCI WorldCom Network Services, Incorporated200$172,000
Downers Grove/DuPage County
Caterpillar Agricultural Products, Incorporated300$153,800
DeKalb/DeKalb County
Champion Laboratories, Incorporated1,840$124,261
Albion/Edwards County
Sauer-Danfoss, Incorporated-LaSalle Plant185$ 70,714
LaSalle/LaSalle County
All Holding, Incorporated,84$ 99,848
dba Automation International
Armstrong World Industries, Incorporated327$100,000
Kankakee/Kankakee County
Suncast Corporation480$135,235
Batavia/Kane County
IL Tool Works dba ITW Minigrip/Zip-pak9$ 13,019
Ottawa/LaSalle County
Northwestern Steel & Wire1,075$307,545
Sterling/Whiteside County
Vactor Manufacturing, Incorporated482$214,000
Streator/LaSalle & Livingston Counties
Bimba Manufacturing Company486$ 82,821
Monee/Will County
Jackson Plastics, Incorporated102$ 33,618
Danville/Vermilion County
Cordova Energy Company, LLC25$ 25,585
Cordova/Rock Island County
Marketing Alternatives, Incorporated60$ 32,980
Taylorville/Christian County
The Arnold Engineering Company273$ 48,781
Marengo/McHenry County
CST, Incorporated41$ 32,519
Mount Carmel/Wabash County
Hershey Chocolate & Confectionery Corporation300$118,387
Robinson/Crawford County
Spartan Light Metal Products, Incorporated192$ 15,202
Sparta/Randolph County
Comark, Incorporated575$239,493
Bloomingdale/DuPage County

* includes workers trained from partner suppliers


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