Manufacturing Consortium Partners with Texas State Technical College for $419,590 Job-Training Grant

Date: May 30, 2018

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ A Manufacturing Consortium, including Lonestar Industries Inc. dba Buzzi Unicem USA and United States Gypsum Company, have partnered with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) to provide job training using a $419,590 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas area.

Photos from the event can be downloaded from TWC’s Flickr page.

“The partnership between Lonestar Industries Inc. dba Buzzi Unicem USA, United States Gypsum Company and TSTC on this Skills Development Fund grant will benefit both the local community and its workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Our labor force is among the most talented and skilled in the world, and we continue to seek and implement strategies to improve the skills of Texas workers.”

This grant will be used to provide custom training to 185 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on electrical troubleshooting and motor controls, mechanical concepts and elevated emergency management. Trainees will include automation, maintenance and process engineers, maintenance and production supervisors, chemical analysts and electricians. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average hourly wage of $24.08.

Since its inception in 1996, the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 342,428 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,238 employers with their customized training needs. The Legislature allocated $48.5 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2016-17 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at

TSTC contact: Executive Director of Communications Bradley White, 254-867-3035 or


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