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City of St. Louis Wins YouthBuild Grant to Put Young People to Work Building New Homes
O'Fallon, MO, (SLFP.com), April 26, 2015 - Young adults in the City of St. Louis will learn job skills and get paid while helping to construct new, affordable housing for low-income families through the YouthBuild program.
YouthBuild will employ 75 people ages 16-24 through a $1 million Department of Labor grant secured by the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE).
YouthBuild, the community-based alternative education program, targets young people who may be struggling - perhaps they've been in trouble with the law or dropped out of school - but who are looking for a second chance and a positive direction for their lives.
Through a partnership with Ranken Technical College, dedicated learners and workers will receive valuable job skills, put them into action, and get paid for doing so. Emphasis is placed on leadership development, financial literacy, academic enhancement, technical skills training in construction, community service, and securing permanent employment.
"Youth Builders will be able to see the physical progress of their work, giving them something to take pride in as they help to establish themselves in a new career while also helping to reshape their neighborhoods," Mayor Francis Slay said. "This is the latest example of creating job opportunities, and even more importantly, sustainable career paths for a new generation."
Mario Lopez, a father of two, described YouthBuild as a helping hand up the ladder of opportunity.
"With YouthBuild the possibilities are endless," Lopez said. "YouthBuild has opened the door for a brighter future for me and my two young kids."
Youth Builders will work on homes alongside members of the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis, which represents dozens of organized labor unions. These contractors and laborers will provide advice and expertise to the program.
"Ranken is extremely excited about this partnership," Ranken President Stan Shoun said. "The opportunity to help local residents learn skilled trades while they rebuild the City's 5th Ward is a goal we proudly undertake."
"YouthBuild will directly connect to the ongoing efforts by so many organizations to renew our urban core," Michael Holmes, Executive Director of SLATE, said.
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European Auto Supplier to Expand in O'Fallon, Create 31 Jobs
O'Fallon, MO, (SLFP.com), March 15, 2015 - The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced that Universal Components Group (UCG), a UK-based aftermarket automotive parts supplier, will expand operations to the U.S., selecting O'Fallon as the location for its first ever North American distribution center. The expansion project includes a $765,000 capital investment and is expected to create 31 new jobs.
"As a top state for vehicle production, Missouri's automotive industry continues to rev up and create good jobs for families here in St. Charles County and across the Show-Me State," said Gov. Jay Nixon. "From major manufacturing plants to small suppliers, Missouri is a hub for next-generation vehicle production and today's announcement by Universal Components Group builds on this success."
UCG is a specialist independent wholesale distribution business for commercial vehicle, truck, and semi-trailer components. As the largest independent distributor of aftermarket parts in the UK, the company supplies to more than 1,000 distribution outlets worldwide. Due to its close business relationship with Wainwright Industries in Wentzville, UCG has decided to expand to an approximately 10,000 square-foot warehouse and distribution center in St. Charles County. This will be the company's first North American location.
"Universal Components Group is very excited about the new location in O'Fallon. The U.S. market is a great opportunity for us. The support we have received from the Missouri DED and our Sister company Wainwright Industries has allowed us to get our distribution footprint in place very quickly," said David Kernahan, CEO of UCG. "The business model that we are starting with has had proven success and we are confident in the next few years we will be able to grow as we have done in the U.K. UCG will continue to make significant investment into the area that will help us to be successful for a long time to come."
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