Bentley Grant to Help Geneva Workers Learn New Skills - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Bentley Grant to Help Geneva Workers Learn New Skills

The following is a news release from Governor Bentley's office. 

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $29,993 grant to help workers at a manufacturer in Geneva boost their job skills.

            Ruskin Co. will use the grant to teach new skills to 25 employees that will increase productivity and workplace safety at the company's Reliable Products plant. The facility manufacturers screens, vents and louvers that cover heating, air conditioning and ventilation equipment in hotels and commercial buildings. The company is contributing $30,960 toward the training cost.

            "In today's economy, maintaining a highly skilled, efficient workforce is a key to business survival," Bentley said.  "I am pleased to help Alabama workers improve their job security by increasing their skills."           

Ruskin officials say they have implemented several cost-saving measures at the plant because of reduced demand for its products, but the grant will help the company further improve efficiency.

            The training will focus on reducing waste in the production process and implementing safety regulations required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The grant is awarded through the Governor's Office of Workforce Development. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is the fiscal agent for the funds which were provided to the state by the U.S. Department of Labor

Bentley informed George Helms, Ruskin's human resources manager, that the grant had been approved.

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