City helps fund technology program

City helps fund technology program

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

On May 14, the Rockford City Council approved $50,000 from city’s Community Assistance Program for TECHWORKS.

TECHWORKS is a program for a manufacturing training and research facility being constructed in Blackhawk Park at 185 15th Avenue.

The city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds will be used. They go toward state and/or local programs, including tax increment financing or business development districts.

The money must benefit low- and moderate-income individuals; decrease or eliminate slums; and meet other imperative community development needs.

TECHWORKS meets the qualifications. The program is intended to provide training for those who want to acquire skills in manufacturing as entry-level or advanced employees. It decreases training costs and increases the number of skilled technicians in the area.

The program is an outgrowth of the Fastener Training and Technology Center created in Rockford in the early 1990s by the Abilities Center with the help of Elco Textron, Camcar Textron, Rockford Products, Specialty Screw and Pearson Fastener.

The companies that have been involved in creating TECHWORKS are Ingersoll, Woodward, Gleason, Pfauter Hurth, Hydro-Line, Haldex Barnes, ITW and Driv-Lok.

TECHWORKS will have classes in cold-forming, metal-cutting, and mechanical assembly, as well as specialty machining such as coiling and sampling.

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