and Workforce Training (PWT) division of Anoka Technical College and
Anoka-Ramsey Community College recently received $799,022 in Minnesota Jobs
Skills Partnership (MJSP) grants to train employees at Aspen
Equipment, Faribault Foods and Federal Cartridge.
With a $271,310 MJSP Grant, PWT will work with Aspen Equipment, located in Bloomington, to provide on-site training to their
125 employees. After the eight modules of technical training, trainees will qualify
for a number of certifications including: ASW Welding; DOT Inspector; National
Crane Master Certification; and OSHA. The training is intended to help Aspen
Equipment maintain quality and improve productivity. Aspen Equipment manufactures
and sells light and heavy-duty truck equipment directly to domestic and
Canadian end users. The main manufacturing facility, located in Bloomington,
specializes in refitting truck chassis and represents more than 40 brands of
With a $300,000 MJSP Grant, PWT and Faribault Foods, located in Faribault, Cokato and Elk River, will collaborate to
develop training for 302 technical operators and maintenance mechanics. Courses
will focus on eight skills areas: High Speed Electrical Systems,
Production Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Mechanical Systems, Automated Motor
Controls, Programmable Logic Controls, Robotic Applications, Production Process
Energy Conservations and Measuring System Performance and Quality. The training
is intended to help Faribault Foods to improve productivity and performance.
The Faribault Foods has operated as a leading contract manufacturer of canned
and packaged food for more than 100 years.
With a $227,712 MJSP grant, PWT
will partner with Federal Cartridge
Company, located in Anoka, to create a customized in-site training program
for 202 employees over a two-year period.
Training will include Job Instruction, Job Methods and Job Relations, and is
intended to help Federal Cartridge improve productivity and decrease their
worker-management ratio. Federal Cartridge is a newly-formed ammunition
manufacturing company created as a result of the business split by Alliant Tech
Systems into two independent companies. Federal Cartridge designs and
manufactures ammunition, shooting accessories and firearms for sport-shooting,
law enforcement, military and tactical markets.
More about MJSP Grants
MJSP is a program within the Department of Economic and
Employment Development (DEED). Duane Lowe (Director of Operations at
Federal Cartridge), Paul Moe (Director of the MJSP program), and Jamie Barthel
(Executive Director of the PWT) are the people signing the document. The Anoka
area was represented by Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look, Anoka City Council
Member Jeff Weaver, and Anoka City Council Member Steve Schmidt.
more information about this or any Professional Workforce Training program, call
763-433-1200 or visit ProWorkTraining.com.
The Professional Workforce Training (PWT)
Division of Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College and
Federal Cartridge sign a $227,712 MJSP
Grant to create a customized on-site training program for Federal
Cartridge’s 202 employees over a two-year period. The training is intended to
help Federal Cartridge improved productivity and decrease their
worker-management ratio. (from left standing) Matt Look, Anoka County Commissioner; Jeff Weaver, Anoka City
Council Member; and Steve Schmidt; Anoka City Council Member; (from left
seated) Paul Moe, Director of the MJSP program; Duane Lowe, Director of
Operations at Federal Premium; and Jamie Barthel, Executive Director.