National Vinyl Products Receives Grant for Training

National Vinyl Products Inc. (NVP) in Chicopee, Mass., has received a workforce training grant from the state for $82,700, according to company president Scott Channell. The funds will enable NVP Inc. to provide training in lean manufacturing, customer service, supervisory training, train the trainer and English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) to 62 employees in the Chicopee facility.

"We are in a highly competitive marketplace with increased foreign competition and consolidation among manufacturers so it is imperative for local manufacturers such as NVP to grow and remain competitive through greater production efficiencies," says Channell. "These funds will enable us to invest in our most important resource, our employees … The combination of all these programs will assist in our continued growth while strengthening our commitment to maintaining jobs here in western Massachusetts."

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