Great Dane Trailers, Brazil, has received a grant to train 500 new and 850 incumbent employees. The company will receive $106,750 after a $303,387 investment in equipment upgrades.
Great Dane completed its first piggyback trailer order in 1961. The company has sales outlets in 24 states. Great Dane will use the grant to train employees in welding, extrusion, caulking, quality control and manufacturing.
The announcement came from the Indiana Department of Commerce.
Great Dane is one of three West Central Indiana companies to be awarded grants from the Indiana Department of Commerce's Skills Enhancement Fund. The other two companies are Gartland Foundry Co. Inc. and Tredegar Film Products Corp., both of Terre Haute.
Gartland received a $25,500 grant to train two new and 83 incumbent employees and Tredegar received a $50,550 grant to train nine new and 161 existing employees.
Gartland is one of the chief iron foundries in the nation and a leader in highly-machineable castings. Tredegar Film produces film products for disposable personal and medical uses.
"These grants are designed for companies that want a good return on a worthy investment -- their workforce," said Lt. Gov. Joe Kernan, who leads the state's economic development efforts. "We are proud to be a part of such an investment and believe it will not only keep these companies competitive, it will also ensure that Hoosier workers are up-to-date on advancements in their fields."
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