Heartland businesses to receive training assistance funds

Heartland businesses to receive training assistance funds
SEMO Milling employee tests products in the lab. (Source: Isabelle Hanson/KFVS)

MISSOURI (KFVS) - Several businesses, manufacturers and companies throughout the state of Missouri will be receiving training assistance funds.

More than $7.8 million will be awarded to 226 projects in the state through the program Missouri One Start.

The program customizes training for eligible companies with resources to train or upskill their employees.

Governor Mike Parson’s office said the funds will train more than 42,000 workers.

One of the companies receiving funds is SEMO Milling.

“I think it’s great. I mean I think the more training that we have, the better we do, the better products we put out, and then the better products that everyone gets," said Aubrey Samuels, a lab lead at SEMO Milling.

SEMO Milling is a Scott City company that makes corn-based products used in corn flour, cheetos, and more. It’s her job to test those products before they’re shipped out.

“It makes everything safer for people to consume to make sure there’s no salmonella in it, no E. coli, no coliform," said Samuels.

The money will be used for specific trainings at SEMO Milling including for what Samuels does with testing food quality and food safety.

“We want to make sure that we’re putting out good quality and safe products to our customers," said Mary Shaw, director of Human Resources at SEMO Milling.

She said the $15,000 will make a big difference.

“I think it’s very important because we are a small company, and we are growing, trying to grow, and providing jobs in the community," said Shaw.

She said it benefits employees who live in the Heartland.

“And all that money goes to making sure that everyone in the company is on the same page, that everyone’s looking out for things, knowing what to watch for," said Samuels.

And the quality of the product might impact you too.

“If you’re eating a Cheeto in this area, it’s coming from our corn," said Shaw.

According to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri One Start is a flexible program which allows companies to choose how the training is provided.

The following companies in Heartland are slated to receive funds from the program:

  • Nestle Purina PetCare (Bloomfield)
  • Holcim (US), Inc. (Bloomsdale)
  • Tyson Foods Inc. (Dexter)
  • Botkin Lumber Company, Inc. (Farmington)
  • Manac Trailers USA, Inc. (Oran)
  • Consortium - Mineral Area Training Consortium (Park Hills)
  • Consortium - SEMO Regional Industrial Training Group (Park Hills)
  • Lee Mechanical Contractors (Park Hills)
  • Piramal Glass-USA, Inc. (Park Hills)
  • TG Missouri Corporation (Perryville)
  • BASF (Poplar Bluff)
  • Briggs & Stratton Corporation (Poplar Bluff)
  • Starting USA (Poplar Bluff)
  • Three Rivers Training Consortium (Poplar Bluff)
  • Havco Wood Products, LLC (Scott City)
  • SEMO Milling, LLC (Scott City)
  • Alan Wire Company (Sikeston)
  • Refresco North America (Sikeston)
  • Tetra Pak Materials, LLC (Sikeston)
  • Eric Scott Leathers, LTD (Ste. Genevieve)
  • Mississippi Lime Company (Ste. Genevieve)

To view the full list of companies and their locations click here.

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