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Lake County business to expand with grant aid

RELEASE DATE: February 8, 2006

LEESBURG — The Lake County Department of Economic Development and Tourism congratulates truss-manufacturing company Casmin Inc., headquartered in Leesburg, for its successful application of a $470,870 Quick Response Training Grant, which will assist with the training of 465 new, full-time employees.

The Workforce Florida Inc. grant, administered by Lake-Sumter Community College (LSCC), was awarded to the company on Feb. 2. The grant will assist Casmin with funding instructor wages, curriculum development and manuals to train the new employees.

“The company has been a valued contributor to Florida’s economy and we are proud to play a role in its growth,” wrote Curtis C. Austin, President of Workforce Florida in a letter congratulating Casmin.

It is the second Workforce Florida grant that has been awarded to Casmin. The rapidly growing wood-building component manufacturer earned in 2003 a Workforce Florida Incumbent Worker Training Grant to assist in the training of existing employees to new manufacturing software.

“The Metro Orlando Economic Development Council (EDC), Lake County and its fiscal agent (LSCC) truly support Casmin’s willingness to invest in both its existing and future workforce,” said Derieth L. Sutton, Director of the Lake County Regional Office for Metro Orlando EDC. “The award of this second training grant further illustrates the company’s commitment and recognition of the need for a qualified and skilled employee base.”

While based in Leesburg, Casmin operates offices in Lady Lake, Mount Dora, Tavares and Ocala. According to a 2004 Metro Orlando EDC report, Casmin ranked as the 12th largest employer in Lake County with about 390 employees.

Workforce development policy and guidance in Florida is provided by Workforce Florida Inc. Workforce Florida and the Agency for Workforce Innovation are partners in the Employ Florida network which includes 24 regional Workforce Boards that deliver services through nearly 100 One-Stop Career Centers around the state. The Workforce Florida Quick Response Training and Incumbent Worker Training programs help give new and existing businesses access to training grants that assist their workers maintain cutting-edge skills and keep pace with new technologies.

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