Carol Knapp, Executive Director
180 Milan Avenue
Norwalk, OH 44857
Huron County is home to a diverse and vibrant array of manufacturers. For a county with just under 60,000 people, Huron County still has several manufacturers employing over a 1,000 employees yet also has a multitude of smaller shops which incubate hard working, skilled manufacturing entrepreneurs.
Huron County is a manufacturing home to:
- RR Donnelley
- Berry Plastics
- Norwalk Custom Order Furniture
- Pepperidge Farms
- New Horizons Baking Company
- Lake Park Industries
Workforce training in Huron County has thus taken a larger and more active role in local economic development.
Huron County’s Job and Family Services agency plays the key local role in workforce training. They facilitate transitioning dislocated workers to new positions at area employers, as well as facilitate the Huron County Workforce Investment Board, which oversees the county’s Federal Workforce Investment Act allocations. The local “WIA Board” consists of 21 members appointed by the Huron County Board of County Commissioners and includes business, education, consumer, labor, elected official and community based members. This group then makes the final decision on where Federal dollars are allocated for worker training. A main economic development tool used to better affect recently has been training grants provided to county employers with up to 50% of training costs reimbursed through WIA funding.
Huron County has also seen workforce training grants from regional collaborative efforts know as the Training Workers to Advance Grant. The TWA grants have provided low match training grants to employers looking to train workers with the goal of adverting layoffs, as well as train dislocated workers for growing sectors in the local economy. Currently the TWA II grant has been able to fill a gap in training grants that were before being provided through the State of Ohio’s OITP program.