Universal Window Receives MA Workforce Training Fund Grant

October 31, 2014

Marlborough, MA, October 28th, 2014 – Universal Window and Door, a leading manufacturer of custom window solutions for historic restoration and commercial construction projects, announced today that the firm has been selected to receive more than $60,000 in funds from the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Program. The fund, financed entirely by Massachusetts employers, is designed to help employers increase the job-related skill sets of employees through specific programs designed by the individual company. This grant will enable Universal to provide its employees with advanced training in Production Management, LEAN Productivity and supervisory effectiveness, with the overall goal of increasing productivity and reducing cost structures.

“We are very pleased to have been approved for this grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Tony Muraco, President & CEO of Universal Window and Door. “The funds from this grant will enable us to incorporate Lean principles into our manufacturing and office processes, making us a more versatile and responsive company to our customers.”

Following the training, the company will be better able to manage inventory and reduce inventory investment while also improving manufacturing efficiency and product quality. As a result, the firm’s ability to rapidly meet customer requirements and increase profitability will improve significantly. The enhanced skills will also enable the firm to focus more on R & D to bring new products to market as new technologies emerge.

“The Workforce Training Fund is one of our most effective initiatives for supporting businesses in meeting the demands of a highly competitive regional and global economy,” said Rachel Kaprielian, Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), in a statement. “We have seen many companies succeed thanks to retraining their workers and we look forward to more companies, especially smaller firms, growing and excelling by investing in the Massachusetts workforce.”