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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Governor honors Crowder, local industry’s program

  • Gov. Jay Nixon stopped in Neosho on Thursday to recognize Holden Industries and Crowder College for their concentration on worker safety training.
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  • Gov. Jay Nixon stopped in Neosho on Thursday to recognize Holden Industries and Crowder College for their concentration on worker safety training. 
    Holden Industries, a trailer manufacturer located at 1051 Ross Ave. in Neosho, works with Crowder to provide their employees with safety and supervisor training. 
    Nixon credited community college training programs such as that offered at Crowder as a key reason workers’ compensation rates have declined across the state in recent years. 
    “It saves time and money and reduces injuries,” Nixon said of the training programs. “In fact, because of Missouri’s ongoing focus on worker safety, workers’ compensation insurance rates in our state have declined in each of the past three years.”
    Holden Industries has been in business for more than 30 years, with locations in Neosho and Southwest City.
    On Thursday, Nixon toured the Neosho site with the company’s president and owner Michael Deaton.
    Among the various trailers created at Holden Industries are military trailers used by the U.S. Marine Corps.
    “Several of the workers here at Holden have been working here for 20, 30 years, even more,” Nixon said. “That is a dedicated workforce. They’re proud of making American products, used by Americans, especially by our troops.”
    Nixon said the number of workers’ injury claims in Missouri have also gone down, and are now almost 50 percent lower than they were 20 years ago, which he said has given a boost to the state’s business environment.
    “A safe workplace is a profitable workplace,” Nixon said.
    Nixon also took the opportunity Thursday to congratulate Crowder College on their receipt of a $2.9 million grant, which will go toward funding programs in law enforcement, firefighting and emergency medical services training. The grant will also finance a new associate’s degree program in public management.
    “Crowder is so serious about worker training that it is a key component of the college’s written mission statement,” Nixon said.
    The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program. Crowder should begin receiving that funding on Monday, Oct. 1.
    The grant is expected to last three years.

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