Blinn earns nearly $1 million workforce grant

Skills Development Fund grant will provide safety and skills training for 511 employees, including 87 new jobs

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Texas Workforce Commission has awarded the Blinn College District a Skills Development Fund grant worth almost $1 million to provide safety and skills training for 511 Tempur Sealy, Inc. and Igloo Products Corp. employees.

The $991,823 grant will upgrade 424 positions and create 87 new jobs at the two companies.

Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing the Public Robert Thomas made the announcement at Blinn’s A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center in Brenham alongside Blinn College District Chancellor Dr. Mary Hensley, Blinn College Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Strategic Relations Leighton Schubert, Tempur Sealy Plant Manager Roy Finke, and Igloo Vice President of Human Resources Christine Brinkley.

“Blinn is proud to partner with Tempur Sealy and Igloo, two industry leaders with proud histories of innovation,” Hensley said. “We look forward to providing customized training programs that will help their employees stay at the forefront of their respective industries.”

Blinn will provide training in 58 different courses, including electrical troubleshooting, mechatronics, process technology, powered industrial truck operation, precision measurement and thread gauging, lockout/tagout, manufacturing safety, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10- and 30-hour certifications, project management, communication, and leadership.

Igloo Products Corp. is a Texas-based international designer, manufacturer and marketer of coolers and other outdoor products and housewares. Founded in 1947, Igloo originated the cooler category and remains the number one cooler brand worldwide. For more than 72 years, the Igloo brand has been synonymous with quality, durability and innovation. Offering more than 500 different products, Igloo coolers are sold by more than 110,000 retailer storefronts around the world.

“Igloo is so excited to be a part of the Blinn College District and we know that the tailored training programs offered will help increase skill levels of every employee,” said Dave Allen, President of Igloo. “As an American-founded and -operated company, Igloo is proud to be such a strong part of the Texas workforce.”

Temper Sealy International, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets mattresses, foundations, pillows, and other products. The company’s products are sold worldwide through third-party retailers, its own stores, and online. Tempur Sealy’s brand portfolio includes many highly recognized brands in the industry, including Tempur®, Tempur-Pedic®, Sealy® featuring Posturepedic® technology, and Stearns & Foster®.

The Skills Development Fund provides local, customized training opportunities for Texas businesses and workers to increase skill levels and wages of the Texas workforce. Blinn has secured millions of dollars in Skills Development Fund grants to help local employers such as Axis Pipe & Tube, Blue Bell, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, Igloo, Kaemark, Kent Moore Cabinets, NOV Grant Prideco, Stanpac, and Tempur Sealy develop and implement employee safety and skills training programs.

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