DERRY — A Derry company is among five Granite State firms and nearly 400 workers to benefit from job training grants awarded this month.

Gov. John Lynch made the job grant announcement last week.

Daigle Plumbing and Heating of Derry will be part of the grant award, aimed at keeping good jobs in New Hampshire by helping companies train workers with new skills to compete in a changing economy.

Joining the Derry company are Green Mountain Communications Inc. of Pembroke; Penny Publications in Loudon; PixelMEDIA Inc. in Portsmouth; and Salient Surgical Technologies Inc. in Portsmouth.

Lynch made it a priority to reinstate the Job Training Fund, which distributes up to $1 million annually in matching grants to allow companies to train new workers or retrain longtime employees.

Since the Job Training Fund was reinstated in late 2007, more than 7,000 workers from across New Hampshire have received training and enhanced skills through the matching grant program.

"In order to ensure New Hampshire continues to lead the region in economic activity, it is important that we continue to invest in New Hampshire workers and New Hampshire companies," Lynch said.

Since the Job Training Fund was re-established, companies from across New Hampshire have received state grants totaling more than $2.5 million. Companies receiving grants have contributed nearly $5 million, bringing the total amount invested in new training for workers to more than $7 million.

For more information about the Job Training Fund, visit nhjobtrainingfund.org.

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