SHEBOYGAN — Last week, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) issued more than $1.65 million in grants as part of its Wisconsin Fast Forward program to support worker training, education and recruitment.

Sheboygan's Rockline Industries, Inc., which invested additional technology to meet the demands for disinfecting wipes due to COVID-19, was one of seven manufacturers to be awarded through the grants. Overall, 13 grand recipients were named in industries ranging from agriculture to information technology.

DWD granted Rockline $329,610 to help train 50 unemployed trainees and 92 incumbent trainees to operate new equipment, according to the release. Unemployed trainees will receive wage increases up to $2.83/hour and incumbent trainees will receive wage increases up to $1.15/hour after completing training.

Rockline will partner with the Paper Converting Machine Company, IAS Inc., RA Jones and Co., Sentry, K2 Engineering Group, Kolinahr Systems Inc., and Douglas Machine Inc. to provide training focused on preparing trainees to operate new equipment and processes.

"In addition to serving employers, these Industry Sector Worker Training Grants offer a path to well-paying jobs for unemployed workers and higher wages and more opportunities for growth for current employees," said DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek in the release.

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