June 6, 2013
Global auto industry supplier in Portageville to significantly upgrade workforce skills, with help from State of Missouri and Three Rivers Community College
PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. - The State of Missouri is teaming up with Three Rivers Community College to provide targeted training resources to one of the world's largest manufacturers of chrome-plated plastic auto parts, Gov. Jay Nixon announced today. The authorization of Community College Job Retention Training Program funding toSRG Global will continue strengthening the state's auto supplier network, the Governor said.
Gov. Nixon was in Portageville, Mo. on June 6, 2013 to announce that the State of Missouri is teaming up with Three Rivers Community College to provide targeted training resources to one of the world's largest manufacturers of chrome-plated plastic auto parts.
SRG Global will use those resources to enhance the skills of 350 of its employees as part of a $4.2 million capital investment that will help the company remain competitive in the global economy, while continuing to be based in the state of Missouri. The Governor announced the award of up to $809,396 for this training project during a visit to the company's Portageville facility, where he was joined by company leadership and employees. SRG Global has been located in Portageville for 44 years, with a second location in Farmington.
"Missouri is leading the nation in the rebirth of the American auto industry," Gov. Nixon said. "Our trained workforce, low taxes and targeted incentives have made the Show-Me State the perfect place for manufacturers and suppliers to invest, expand and hire. SRG Global has been a mainstay here in Portageville for more than four decades. To help employers like SRG stay competitive, we need to make sure they have access to the skilled workforce needed to be successful here in Missouri - and across the globe."
Through the Community College Job Retention Training Program, the company will train 350 of its employees in the areas of mechanical and electrical skills, quality, safety and team building. Training will be coordinated by Three Rivers Community College, which has its campus in Poplar Bluff and full-service centers in several southeast Missouri cities, including Portageville.
The Community College Job Retention Training Program provides training assistance for eligible Missouri businesses for the retention of a substantial number of existing jobs in the state. The program is coordinated through Missouri's 12 state community colleges, with statewide program oversight by the Missouri Department of Economic Development's Division of Workforce Development.
In 2010, Gov. Nixon called the state Legislature into special session to pass the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act containing new incentives specifically geared to Missouri auto manufacturers and suppliers. The Governor's leadership in the Manufacturing Jobs Act, along with the administration's direct and ongoing consultations with the leadership at Ford and General Motors, led to major expansion announcements by those two companies in 2011.
Gov. Nixon said the momentum has continued in the past year, with auto supply companies in Perryville, Mexico, New Haven, Liberty, Joplin, St. Peters and Kansas City all announcing significant expansions.