Exactech to provide training new training

Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 30, 2002 at 11:03 p.m.
Exactech has been awarded a state grant to provide training for up to 110 new, full-time employees hired during the next two years.
The Gainesville company, which develops and markets orthopedic devices in the United States and internationally, recently received a Quick Response Training Program grant from Workforce Florida Inc. in the amount of $124,876.
The funding was awarded through Santa Fe Community College, which also will provide the training for the new employees.
"This grant is one of many ways that provides us the opportunity to maintain a very highly-skilled workforce," said Exactech spokeswoman Priscilla Bennett. "We provide a very high level of training for our employees."
The company is building a $4 million, 37,000-square-foot expansion of its corporate headquarters and operations center that is expected to support 100 future employees. Exactech currently has 130 employees.
"As our production capacity grows, we hope to reach a certain volume that we may need to add a second shift," Bennett said. New hires would include finishers, machinists, packaging personnel and, as growth demands it, quality control engineers and processing engineers, she said.
SFCC is happy to help provide the company with a trained workforce, said Kris Williams, director of Continuing and Community Education.
"It enriches our college and our community," Williams said.
The recent grant is the second received by the company through the Quick Response Training Program, which provides funds for specific training for new and existing or expanding Florida businesses that are creating new jobs. The first one totaled $65,962 and was received in 1998 during an expansion.
Exactech credits the Gainesville Council for Economic Outreach for its help in obtaining this second grant. The organization assisted the company in determining eligibility for the funds.
Doris Chandler can be reached at 374-5094 or chandld@gvillesun.com.

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