PERU, IL – State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) was on hand to help present a grant check to Unytite Inc. in Peru recently as a part of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s grant program.
The partnership between the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity works to provide Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) grants to companies looking to train current and potential employees. Illinois legislators, including Sen. Rezin, designed the grants as a way to build a skilled workforce in Illinois that gives our state a competitive advantage in attracting and maintaining high quality and high paying manufacturing jobs. Sen. Rezin has been a long time supporter of the program and was on hand to help present a grant check for $7,000 to Unytite Inc.
Unytite Inc. in Peru manufactures industrial fasteners that are used in a wide range of products, including power generating windmills and the Oakland Bay Bridge. Because their work requires a highly skilled workforce and they are always looking for opportunities to further train their employees, they applied for an ETIP grant through the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association last year. The grant is designed to reimburse companies up to 50 percent of the training costs for employees.
The ETIP grant program is ongoing and there are millions of grant dollars still available. Any employers who are interested in using the grants to help train their workforce can apply through the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. Visit www.ima-net.org or call 1-800-482-0462 or 1-800-875-4462 for more information.
Sen. Rezin was joined at the check presentation by State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley), Chief Operating Officer of IMA Mark Denzler, Quality Supervisor at Unytite Inc. Dan Savage, and General Manager at Unytite Inc Chuck Hundley.