Texas Workforce Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Givens
DATE: November 21, 2014 PHONE: 512-463-8556

Klein Tools and Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
Honored at Texas Workforce Conference

AUSTIN – Klein Tools received the Local Employer of Excellence Award for the Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County (Tarrant County) area at the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) 18th Annual Texas Workforce Conference held Nov. 19-21 in Grapevine. The Local Employer of Excellence Award honors private-sector employers that are actively involved with their local workforce board and have made a positive impact on employers, workers and the community.

Professional-grade, hand-tool manufacturer Klein Tools moved to Mansfield, in 2010 and opened its new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center. It has since created more than 205 new jobs and expects to grow by almost 600 new jobs during the next four years. The annual economic impact on the Mansfield and Tarrant County area is estimated at $180 million dollars, with an estimated $4.5 billion statewide impact over 10 years. Klein Tools supports 1,926 direct and indirect jobs locally with annual salaries at $88.5 million dollars.

Klein Tools worked with Tarrant County to actively recruit and hire candidates through WorkInTexas.com and on-site hiring fairs at Tarrant County Workforce Solutions offices, as well as numerous hiring fairs countywide, including the Hiring Red, White & You! statewide hiring fair for veterans and their spouses. Klein Tools is also an active member of the Tarrant County Manufacturing Consortium, a partnership with Tarrant County and Mansfield Independent School District, which creates curriculums, internships and career pathways for high school students to address the need for machinists for Klein Tools and other area employers.

“At the Texas Workforce Commission we believe that innovation and partnerships at the local level will maximize our effectiveness and keep Texas on top,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade. “I applaud the collaboration and leadership shown by Klein Tools and Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County in preparing today’s workforce for current and future opportunities.”

Tarrant County also was recognized for outstanding board performance, receiving a $30,000 Performance Incentive Award for Choices Employment. TWC Performance Incentive Awards recognize boards that display increased accountability and improved efficiencies. Monetary awards for achievement in these categories will be used to enhance workforce service programs during the next year.

Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County is one of 28 local workforce boards located throughout the state. The primary goal of TWC and the workforce boards is to respond to needs of Texas employers and workers through locally designed, market-driven workforce development initiatives and services. All employers, workers and job seekers are eligible to take advantage of these services.

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The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the programs it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit www.texasworkforce.org.

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