July 27, 2011

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Department of Commerce

Macon County Auto Supplier Receives Grant for Training

Published: July 26, 2011 - al.com

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $30,000 grant to help boost the skills of 10 workers at an automotive industry supplier in Macon County.

The grant will help Halla Climate Systems Alabama train the workers in methods to improve production efficiency. Opened in 2004, the facility supplies heating and air conditioning systems for vehicles made at Hyundai's Montgomery plant.

"In today's challenging economy, Alabama businesses and workers must improve processes and upgrade skills to remain competitive," Bentley said. "Putting these new skills into practice will not only strengthen the company, it will improve job security and expand opportunities for employee advancement."

The training will focus on critical analysis skills that will help the participants solve complex problems that can occur in the production process. The training will be provided by the Alabama Technology Network and include an in-class portion and a special project where students will apply the skills and knowledge they have learned to a specific real-world situation.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Bentley notified Jeong Won Son, the facility’s managing director, that he had approved the grant.

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