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Nov. 7, 2001
CONTACT: Nancy Bellow, 312-3492
OSWEGO -- The Workforce Development Board of Oswego County, administered by SUNY Oswego's Center for Business and Community Programs, recently received more than a half-million dollars in grants from the state Department of Labor to support two businesses important to the region's economy.
A $283,027 grant will provide training to 350 Alcan Aluminum workers in Oswego in a variety of new work systems. Alcan's products are used by the food and beverage, automotive and building products industries. The Oswego facility, which has 741 full-time employees, also recycles aluminum scrap and currently recycles 10 percent of all used beverage cans collected in North America.
A grant of $252,175 will train 300 employees of Agrilink Foods in Fulton -- including 80 new hires -- in a number of manufacturing and safety-related processes. Agrilink Foods is an agricultural marketing cooperative, which consists of 600 growers across the country. The company's products are sold under such well-known brands as Bird's Eye, Comstock, Freshlike and Silver Floss.
The Workforce Development Board won the two grants in competition with 143 other proposals from across the state. The board will administer the grants through the SUNY Research Foundation.
Administrators said that these grant awards are examples of the relationship that the Center for Business and Community Programs has developed with the area business community. In addition to workforce development, the center provides small business and economic development services on behalf of SUNY Oswego.
The Center for Business and Community Programs has been working closely with SUNY Oswego's School of Business on another grant application to the U.S. Department of Education for a globalization project.
"Connecting the campus with the business community is what we are all about," said Nancy Bellow, director of workforce development at SUNY Oswego. "A concrete example is our Small Business Development Center's year-end report, which showed an economic impact of $1,464,500 last year by saving 21 jobs and creating 41 jobs."
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