GRCC to provide training for Energetx, Integrated Fabric

June 22, 2009
| By Pete Daly |
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Grand Rapids Community College and Ottawa County MichiganWorks will help train workers for new jobs coming to two Ottawa County companies, supported by tax credits granted by the Michigan Economic Growth Authority.

GRCC will begin composite technician training in January to prepare workers at Energetx Composites, which was granted a state tax credit valued at $27.3 million over 15 years. Energetx is a $37 million investment by its parent company, S2 Yachts of Holland, to build parts for commercial wind turbines.

Integrated Fabric Resource in Zeeland, founded in 1915 as Holland Awning Co., received a tax credit valued at $2.1 million over seven years. It is planning a $3.7 million expansion to produce fabric tanks for shipping bulk liquids and solids. IFR has been making lightweight, flexible fabric containers to replace metal containers used for moving parts around in automotive plants. It will now also make large, bulk shipment bags for a Texas firm that had been procuring them in China but was unsatisfied with the quality.

GRCC is developing customized courses to prepare IFR workers for the new production, expected to generate up to 270 jobs.

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