Four Racine County companies were among a dozen companies chosen to receive workforce training grants from Gateway Technical College‘s Workforce Advancement Training Grant.

With the goal of retaining workers and increase productivity, Gateway Technical College staff will train 414 workers from the 12 companies. The grants total $248,081. The workers will receive training on continuous improvement, increasing efficiency and productivity, according to a press release by Gateway Technical College.

The topics covered include: PLC troubleshooting, predictive maintenance, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, blueprint reading and electrical mechanical training.

Companies from all three counties of Gateway’s district – Walworth, Kenosha and Racine – received grant funding. Those companies are:

  • Adams Electric (Walworth County)
  • Bird’s Eye Goods (Walworth County)
  • Bradshaw Medical (Kenosha County)
  • Brunk Industries (Walworth County)
  • HFI Fluid Power Products (Kenosha County)
  • Kenall Manufacturing (Kenosha County)
  • Knapp Manufacturing (Racine County)
  • Lavelle Industries (Racine County)
  • Lean Consortium (Racine County/Walworth County)
  • Mondi Akrosil (Kenosha County)
  • R&B Grinding (Racine County)
  • Shiloh Industries (Kenosha County)

Companies interested in future grant opportunities can call Kate Walker, director of operations for Gateway’s Business and Workforce Solutions division. Walker can be reached at (262) 898-7410 or

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.