A Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) program designed to offset training costs for the state’s manufacturing industry is benefitting local business.

The customized training program will provide more than $200,000 in funding to 10 area manufacturers that will be used to train employees at companies in Washington, Sullivan, St. James, Pacific, Marthasville and Rolla.

Each manufacturer will receive a range of $10,000 to $45,000 this year.

“The assistance relieves some of our financial burden for training our workforce,” said Tom LaMantia, CEO and president of Clementina Clemco Holdings. “More importantly, enhancing the skills of our employees is vital for our company to remain competitive and grow.”

Each company works with the Center for Workforce Development at East Central College to secure the funding and the opportunity to provide the training.

The programs range from leadership development, safety training, introductory welding programs, project management to LEAN and Six Sigma training.

“The funding assists Tacony’s plan to provide a comprehensive training program as we continue to invest in our most important resources, our employees,” said Nancy Montgomery, human resource manager, Tacony Corporation.

Each company matches 100 percent of the state funding.

For more information about the Center for Workforce Development at East Central College visit www.eastcentral.edu/cwd or call 636-649-5803.