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$2M in training funds OK’d for 123 jobs

New Mexico Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Alicia Keyes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The state Economic Development Department awarded 10 companies over $2 million in training money to hire and train 123 new workers at businesses in Albuquerque, Clovis, Santa Rosa and Santa Fe.

The average wage of the new jobs is just more than $32 an hour, officials with the state Job Training Incentive Program said in a news release. JTIP reimburses 50% to 75% of employee wages for classroom and on-the-job training, officials said in a news release.

“The job-training awards are another indication that New Mexico is adding jobs across the state and the new jobs are highly paid,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department said in a statement.

Companies receiving assistance are:

• New Mexico Hemp Service – the Santa Rosa company plans to use $246,000 for 17 new trainees at an average wage of $19.41.

• Boeing Company – the Albuquerque operations location was awarded $1.38 million to hire and train an additional 46 employees at an average wage of $53 an hour.

• United Poly Systems – Polyethylene pipe manufacturer in Albuquerque was awarded $60,300 for 20 new trainees with an average wage of $13.80.

• Vitality Works – Medicinal supplement company was awarded $134,846 for 17 hires with an average wage of $19.63.

• Golightly Cashmere – Santa Fe company was awarded $76,425 for seven new hires with an average wage of about $25 an hour.

• Cummins Natural Gas Engines – Clovis manufacturer was awarded $40,624 for five positions with an average wage of $17.10.

Three companies were awarded grants for one new position: Solar Works Energy of Albuquerque; Flow Science of Santa Fe; and Next State Systems of Albuquerque. BennuBio LLC of Albuquerque was approved for $96,330 for four new jobs and four internships.

The JTIP Board meets monthly to consider proposals & amendments from companies.

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