Fast Global Solutions will get help from the state of Minnesota to train 405 workers at Alexandria Technical and Community College.

The $254,000 state grant will go a long way to helping the newly merged Fast Global Solutions integrate its staff and update worker's technical skills. The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant couldn't have come at a better time.

Last year, Glenwood-based Wasp Inc. plunked  more than $10 million to buy crop-sprayer maker Fast in Windom. The deal added 125 workers, who now need to be trained to make Wasp's traditional product line of large conveyer belts, freight dollies, and airplane freigh containers. 

In annoucing the grant, Shawntera Hardy, the new Commissioner of Minnesota's Department of Employment and Economic Development , said “FAST leadership has set a course for growth, and that includes increasing the skillsets of their current workforce and anticipate adding 125 jobs...This grant is expected to support that growth and ultimately result in greater online training capacity at Alexandria Technical and Community College.”

As part of the grant, Alexandria Techncial College will  train workers in: leadership development;  process development; enterprise planning and human resource software;  and manufacturing/fabrication/welding.

Online courses will also help workers improve their skills with Fast's press brakes, laser and plasma cutting systems, welding, blue print reading, assembly and safety. Trainees who complete welding coursework will earn certification from the American Welding Society.

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