Toray Plastics (America) Awarded Jobs Grant

NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI | Toray Plastics (America) has been awarded a "Real Jobs Rhode Island" grant to develop a leadership training program by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (

The $25,000 grant application was written in partnership with Astro-Med, West Warwick, RI, the University of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Assn. of Manufacturers. The four organizations will work together to create the training program. The state launched "Real Jobs Rhode Island" for the purpose of identifying workforce needs for high-demand occupations, creating comprehensive training programs, and developing strategies for recruitment. The grant program is funded with federal and state funds, including $1.3 million from the Governor's Workforce Board.

"We are extremely honored to receive this important, generous training grant," says Mike Brandmeier, president and CEO, Toray Plastics (America). "The opportunity is a win for Toray and all grant recipients, jobseekers, and Rhode Island." Brandmeier also says that the "Real Jobs Partnership" is another excellent example of the power of collaboration between business, government, and educational institutions to help Rhode Island remain competitive and grow its economy.

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