Federal grant helps Oregon companies train workers


Oregon won a $9.5 million federal grant called Metro Step, to train and upgrade the skills of current workers.

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Oregon won a $9.5 million federal grant called Metro Step, to train and upgrade the skills of current workers.

The grant money will be used over a four-year period for 25 area companies including IBM, Boeing and Esco. The first wave of money will be used starting this April.

At Benchmade Knife Company in Oregon City, 20,000 square feet of new manufacturing space has been added and the company is looking for workers. 

“It’s a hard grind trying to find the right people for the right job,” said Rob Morrison, Director of marketing for Benchmade.

The new Federal labor grant to serve the Portland metro, Clackamas County and the Vancouver area will help.

Read more at KGW.

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