The Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of Workforce Development recently announced that two area companies have been approved for funding through the Missouri Works Customized Training program.

Electro-Core, Washington, and Pharma Tech Industries, Union, each will receive $15,000 to cover employee training through June 2014.

Robin Bellis, coordinator of business and industry training programs at East Central College, worked with both businesses in preparing and submitting their applications for training funds.

“Individual businesses creating new jobs in the state above their peak employment level in the past year or retaining existing employees as a result of a substantial capital investment can apply for Missouri Works Customized Training funds,” said Bellis.

She noted that Missouri Works Customized Training is available for businesses to help train their workers in technical areas or soft skills.

“Training may take place in a classroom setting, at the business’s facility or at an educational facility such as ECC and can be provided by local educational agencies, vendor trainers or employees of the business involved,” Bellis stated.

Last summer, 23 area employers were approved for similar customized training assistance. Those companies are eligible for more than $450,000 to help reduce training costs and improve productivity.

Electro-Core Inc. has been producing quality silicon steel magnetic core products for commercial, medical and defense industries since 1967.

Pharma Tech Industries is a leading U.S.-based provider of contract manufacturing and packaging services for pharmaceutical, over-the-counter, medical device and personal care products.

For more information on Missouri Works Customized Training in east central Missouri, call Bellis at 636-239-0598 or