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Date: 6/8/2017
Information Contact 1: Georgia Smith : (208) 332-3570 ext. 2102 : 
Information Contact 2: Carmela Ramirez : (208) 332-3570 ext. 3964 :

Sorrento Lactalis Receives $283,000 Idaho Labor Training Grant

Dairy manufacturer Sorrento Lactalis Inc. will retrain 91 workers and provide training for three new positions at its Nampa facility with a $283,000 Workforce Development Training grant from the Idaho Department of Labor.

Once the training program is completed, the permanent full-time positions will pay an average of $27.02 per hour plus employer-assisted medical benefits and will boost the company’s position count to 688 by June 30, 2018. Starting wages will range from $17 to $43.14 per hour.

A combination of vendor-led and structured on-the-job training will be provided for a new maintenance training manager and two maintenance apprentices. Retraining will support maintenance techs I, II, III, IV; maintenance supervisors; maintenance superintendents; maintenance e-technicians; utility maintenance technicians; fabricators and a process safety management coordinator. 

Lactalis American Group is the North American division of the world’s largest dairy corporation and is the parent company of Sorrento Lactalis, Lactalis USA and Mozzarella Fresca, which collectively include cheese brands Président, Sorrento, Precious, rondelé and Galbani. Lactalis American Group is a subsidiary of Parmalat S.p.A., an Italian public entity majority-owned by Groupe Lactalis. Headquartered in France, Groupe Lactalis is the world's largest dairy corporation. 

The Idaho Workforce Development Training Fund was started in 1996 and is administered by the Idaho Department of Labor. Grant funds are used to reimburse businesses for the cost of training new workers or retraining existing workers with the skills necessary for specific economic opportunities and industrial expansion initiatives. 

Eligible businesses must produce a product or service sold outside the region, and the jobs must pay at least $12 an hour plus employer-assisted health insurance. The fund is financed by a 3 percent set-aside of the unemployment insurance taxes paid by businesses each year. Learn more about the Idaho Workforce Development Training Fund at labor.idaho.gov/WDTF.  

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