Gov. Doyle: Announces Wisconsin Development Fund Aids Labor Training

Contact: Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608/267-9661

MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle today announced that three recipients will
share $193,000 in Customized Labor Training (CLT) grants from the Wisconsin
Development Funds to assist with labor training. The awards were made at
the Wisconsin Development Finance Board meeting held May 24, 2005 in

“Through my Grow Wisconsin plan, we are working hard to foster the growth of
business statewide, create good paying jobs for our citizens, and continue
to strengthen our economy,” Governor Doyle said. “A vital part of that is
continuing to upgrade the skills of our workers, and I am pleased that Stora
Enso North America, Simmons Bedding Company, and Technology Tool & Die, will
all use these funds to conduct training.”

For further information about the Wisconsin Development Fund, contact John
Stricker, Department of Commerce, at 608/261-7710.

The awards are as follows:

Stora Enso North America Corp., Whiting, Portage County, $103,000 CLT
Stora Enso North America Corp. is North America’s leading producer of coated
papers for the printing and publishing industries. The Whiting Mill plant
produces high-quality, lightweight, and ultra-lightweight coated mechanical
printing papers. The company is investing $24 million to rebuild its Paper
Machine #64. The grant will be used to train 108 existing employees on the
upgraded equipment.

Simmons Bedding Company, Menasha, Winnebago County, $55,000 CLT
Simmons Bedding Company is one of the largest bedding manufacturers in the
United States. The company is investing $2.8 million to consolidate its
Pennsylvania and Wisconsin facilities into Wisconsin. The project will
retain 42 jobs and create 10 jobs. The grant will be used to train 52
employees on the mattress manufacturing and production process.

Technology Tool & Die, Inc., Green Bay, Brown County, $35,000 CLT
Technology Tool & Die, Inc. provides manufacturing parts for the packaging
machinery market. The company is investing $800,000 to purchase equipment
and will use the grant to train 14 employees on the manufacturing equipment.