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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED OCTOBER 9, 2013 FROM THE OFFICE OF MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON

State training resources help Joplin company invest and compete globally, Gov. Nixon announces

CD Aviation Services to utilize strategic job training program ‘Missouri Works’ to strengthen its workforce and make a significant capital investment

JOPLIN, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon today visited CD Aviation Services in Joplin to discuss how the state’s newly redesigned workforce training programs will help this leading aviation repair and overhaul services firm provide enhanced training for 30 employees and make a $400,000 investment at its Joplin facility.

“Workforce training is a perfect example of the kind of proven, strategic investment that will pay big returns for our workers and our economy,” Gov. Nixon said. “And this year, our initiative to streamline and update these tools will make them even more effective in helping deliver the trained workforce our employers need to compete in the 21st Century economy. Through a relentless focus on fiscal discipline and a commitment to preparing our workforce for next-generation jobs, we will continue to create jobs and move Missouri’s economy forward.”

Earlier this year, Gov. Nixon launched Missouri Works, which updates and streamlines Missouri’s economic development and workforce training programs to make them more efficient, effective and business-friendly. Missouri Works also targets the state’s workforce development resources to the industry sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, with the greatest potential for growth and job creation.

Missouri Works implements recommendations of the Governor’s Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth, an effort that engaged 600 business, education and labor leaders from across Missouri, to develop a comprehensive strategy to transform the state's economy.

CD Aviation Services, founded in 1992 in Arkansas, moved its national headquarters to Missouri in 2007. The company provides repair and overhaul services to the aviation industry, specializing in small turbine engine maintenance. With a second location in Canada and additional customer support positioned in Europe, CD Aviation Services utilizes a highly skilled workforce in order to compete globally.

With $11,000 through Missouri Works Training, CD Aviation Services is providing enhanced training to 30 workers and making a $400,000 capital investment. With this additional training, the company is now offering additional services to its customers.

“Through this training, we have been able to enhance our quality management system, providing a nearly 30 percent gain in capacity and production,” said Patrick Earl of CD Aviation Services. “Thanks to our outstanding workforce and support from the state of Missouri and the Alliance for Business partnership between Crowder College and Missouri Southern State University, we look forward to continuing to invest and grow in the Show-Me State.”

So far, 370 companies have been approved to receive Missouri Works Training funds that will help train nearly 36,000 Missouri workers.

Missouri Works Training is offered through the Department of Economic Development’s Division of Workforce Development in cooperation with local educational agencies, such as the community colleges and area career education schools. Missouri Works Training at CD Aviation is provided in partnership with the Alliance for Business, a joint education and workforce development effort between Crowder College in Neosho and Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.

“We at the Alliance for Business are extremely pleased to assist CD Aviation Services in strengthening its workforce through Missouri Works Training,” said Claude Howard, Director of the Alliance for Business. “These resources will be vital to ensuring workers in this region have the skills businesses need to compete. This innovative initiative will make this company, and by extension – this region and our state – more competitive in today’s business environment.”

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