Date: 1/19/2017
Information Contact 1: Georgia Smith : (208) (332-3570) ext. 21 : 
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Bigelow Tea Receives $59,000 Workforce Grant to Retrain Workers

Boise’s Bigelow Tea, Inc. will use $58,915 in Idaho Workforce Development Training Funds to retrain 31 permanent full-time positions. Upon completion of training, the positions will pay an average hourly rate of $18.51 plus employer-assisted medical benefits.

The positions to be retrained include five lead mechanics, 11 mechanics and 15 packer / operators. The training program includes a combination of structured on-the-job training and individual skills training in Enterprise Asset Management and Alchemy Systems. Additional technical training will be provided by Global Knowledge a professional development and information technology training firm.

Bigelow Tea packages tea into bags for commercial and retail customers, shipping them to stores and locations across North America, Mexico and globally, depending on the product. The Boise facility is one of Bigelow Tea’s three manufacturing plants. The family owned company is headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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 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 and include 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

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