AUBURN, Mass. – The new year has already been quite friendly to an Auburn company on Sword Street.
Imperial Distributors, Inc., located at 33 Sword St., received $183,000 in Workforce Training Fund grants from the Office of Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday.
The grant, which supports up to two years of training, will train 125 workers and create 12 new jobs at the Auburn company.
Imperial Distributors distributes and merchandises supermarket non-foods. The company serves chain and independent supermarket locations throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
Current accounts include Acme Fresh Markets, Big Y, Bi-Lo, Dave’s Marketplace, Fairway Markets, Foodmaster, Foodtown, Hannaford, Kings, King Kullen, Market Basket, Price Chopper, Roche Bros., Shaws /Star Market, Shop ‘N Bag, Stop & Shop, Thriftway, Wegmans and Whole Foods. An average of 200,000 products are shipped each day.
On Thursday, the Patrick-Murray Administration announced $6,846,496 in total Workforce Training Fund grants to 87 Massachusetts companies. The grants will create 682 new jobs and train more than 6,300 workers.
“We are focused on addressing the skills gap issue in the Commonwealth so that workers can compete in today’s ever-changing jobs market,” Patrick said. “The Workforce Training Fund focuses on the needs of both our businesses and workers, as Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in economic recovery.”
“The Workforce Training Fund continues to provide Massachusetts companies with the right resources to train employees and build a stronger and more effective workforce,” said Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray. “The program is another tool in the toolbox for businesses, and we look forward to seeing this funding support new jobs, increased work capacity and business growth in regions across the Commonwealth.”
Companies receiving the grants are located in 66 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Training will be provided to employees in a range of sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, engineering and hospitality.
The fiscal year 2012 budget established the Workforce Training Fund as a trust fund, allowing for collection and disbursement of funds as needed by businesses, rather than on an annual appropriation cycle.