Marvair receives Georgia productivity grant

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Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced that Marvair, a division of Airxcel, was chosen to receive a share of a $1.4 million grant given to selected companies to become Certified Work Ready facilities.

The purpose of Certified Work Ready is to increase productivity and strengthen the state's work force by providing support for companies to improve work readiness skills for their employees. Training expenses of up to $500 per employee and up to $50,000 per facility are reimbursed.

"We are extremely pleased that Marvair was one of a handful of Georgia companies chosen to receive the Work Ready funds," company president Paul Mechler said in a statement. "We have always striven to have employees who have the very best skills, knowledge and training. This opportunity will permit us to immediately upgrade our existing work force and to develop an improved system for future hiring as our business grows."

The grant will be used to train both existing and newly hired employees, who will have a 90-day trail period to become "work ready certified" to the required skill level, according to Nelson Rodriquez, Marvair's quality manager. Those who successfully become "work ready certified" will be given a $100 bonus.

"The new Certified Work Ready facilities initiative will help more than 7,000 Georgians improve their skills through assessments and customized training," said Ken Stewart, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development."

Marvair is a manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning products for marine applications, telecommunication enclosures, school classrooms and commercial modular structures.

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