Talon Innovations Awarded Grant from Minnesota Job Skills Partnership

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Partnering with St. Cloud Technical & Community College to Expand Training

Precision Machined Products
Growing companies like Talon need access to a well-trained workforce, and this Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program grant will provide the customized training needed to support Talon’s highly technical products...

Talon Innovations, a provider of Precision Machined Products and Assemblies for the Semiconductor, Medical Device, Aerospace and other technology-driven industries, announces today that it has received a grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MSJP) Program. The grant will be used to develop and implement a robust new training program for its employees.

Talon has received this grant in partnership with the St. Cloud Technical & Community College (SCTCC). Talon and the SCTCC will work together to develop curriculum and implement a company-wide training program to improve manufacturing skills and assist Talon to diversify its product line.

Greg Olson, CEO of Talon stated that “This new program further enables Talon to develop our employees, specifically in key technical areas related to our medical contract manufacturing business. These new technical skills will enhance Talon’s employees’ skills-sets and the partnership with SCTCC will help Talon more effectively train new employees.”

MJSP grants create an opportunity for business and educational institutions to partner and provide training to company employees while expanding college capacity to meet current and future workforce needs. The MJSP is a program of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben stated that “We selected this partnership for a grant due to Talon’s strong commitment to the communities of Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud as demonstrated by their significant investment in their current workers, and by adding new jobs to their facility. Growing companies like Talon need access to a well-trained workforce, and this Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program grant will provide the customized training needed to support Talon’s highly technical products and will help expand its medical device business.”

Talon Innovations has been a leader in the development and sales of gas delivery systems to the semiconductor industry for more than 20 years with its proprietary TMS Modular Gas Delivery system and associated diaphragm valves, fittings, and complex components and assemblies. Talon leveraged its experience and expertise in precision machining and ultra-high purity manufacturing to expand into manufacturing medical device components and to serve other industries where precision and ultra high purity are critical success factors.

About Talon Innovations:

For over 20 years, customers in the Semiconductor, Medical Device, Aerospace and other High Tech industries have relied on Talon’s expertise, capabilities and professionalism. As a leading-edge CNC machine shop near Minneapolis, Talon Innovations is your source for “Turn-Key” products and services to technical industries through the development and production of precision, ultra-high purity components and complex assemblies. Talon specializes in close tolerance machining and finishing of exotic materials, alloys and plastics. Talon Innovations is located in Sauk Rapids, MN. Please visit http://www.taloneng.com for more information.

About Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program:

The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership, created in 1983, is committed to expanding the State’s education and training resources so that Minnesota employers have a well-trained and skilled workforce. The Partnership brings employers who have specific training needs together with training needs together with educational or other nonprofit institutions to design relevant programs. Partnership programs funded through matching grants meet short and long-term objectives. In the long term, the Partnership’s goal is to promote the economic interests of citizens through closer cooperation between businesses and the State’s education, employment and training systems.

About St. Cloud Technical and Community College

St. Cloud Technical & Community College is a regional treasure located in the heart of Central Minnesota. Founded as the second technical college in the state in 1948, SCTCC is committed to meeting the needs of Central Minnesota businesses for a highly trained workforce through its 90 programs of study that closely match the types of jobs available in the area. Ninety-five percent of SCTCC technical program graduates find instructional program related jobs and more than 80% enter careers within 50 miles of St. Cloud. In 2010 the College became a comprehensive technical and community college offering the Associate in Arts degree in addition to technical programs.

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