STATE APPROVES WORKFORCE TRAINING GRANT TO SOUTHERN MARYLAND METAL MANUFACTURER

Mon, August 4, 2014

BALTIMORE, MD (August 4, 2014) – Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) announced today that the State has approved a $5,000 grant to Triton Metals in St. Mary’s County. The grant will be provided by DBED’s Partnership for Workforce Quality Program (PWQ) and will assist Triton Metals in enrolling their employees in three workforce training courses. The southern Maryland manufacturer currently employs more than 70 full-time professionals and plans to create 10 new positions with help from the grant.

“Workforce training is a critical tool in fostering an innovative economic climate where businesses can thrive,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “This training grant will create 10 new jobs and give Triton Metal’s employees the kinds of skills needed to compete in a 21st century economy.”

“We are pleased to work with our partners in St. Mary’s County and the leadership of Triton Metals to provide this grant, which will help increase the skills of their employees and enable the company to grow and add jobs,” said DBED Secretary Dominick Murray.

Formed in 1994, Triton Metals is a full-service provider of precision sheet metal and machined parts. The company has previously received five PWQ grants, the most recent being awarded in 2009. These six day training sessions – currently considered to be Expert Operator Training, Lifetime Programming, and Hazardous Waste Management – will allow employees to expand capabilities and fully utilize in-house machinery.

“Triton Metals will increase the skill level of its employees and add 10 new jobs, helping the business grow and remain competitive in the years ahead,” said Jack Russell, President of the St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners. “We’re most appreciative of the State’s support to make this possible.”

“This grant will help with employee retention and will help us extensively train our internal workforce,” said Kevin Poole, President of Triton Metals. “Things are ever-changing in the manufacturing environment and training our workforce in the latest technologies helps us continue to be on top as a competitive manufacturer.”

Led by owner Melanie Poole, the woman-owned manufacturing company is centered in a 52,000 square-foot facility in Hollywood, Maryland. For more than 15 years, the business has provided products for a number of commercial clients and defense industry leaders, including the military and Department of Defense. Today, the company is known as one of the largest metal manufacturers on the East Coast.

About DBED:
The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development stimulates private investment and creates jobs by attracting new businesses, encouraging the expansion and retention of existing companies, and providing workforce training and financial assistance to Maryland companies. The Department promotes the State’s many economic advantages and markets local products and services at home and abroad to spur economic development and international investment, trade and tourism. Because they are major economic generators, the Department also supports the Arts, film production, sports and other special events. For more information, visitwww.choosemaryland.org.

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