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Douglas Machine gets $276,300 grant for training

The state Department of Employment and Economic Development's Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) program recently provided a $276,300 grant to support advanced training for 84 employees of Douglas Machine Inc., of Alexandria.

The three-year training collaboration includes MJSP, Douglas Machine and Alexandria Technical College (ATC).

Douglas Machine is a packaging company with customers throughout the United States and 30 countries worldwide.

Douglas Machine and ATC will collaborate to develop distance-based training for the business' sales and technical staff working offsite.

MJSP funds will go toward developing the hardware and software - called LongWire training platform - that supports distance-based training. The LongWire training platform is the first of its kind in the United States.

Customized curriculum will be provided to 84 employees and include courses in EtherNet/IP Communications and Diagnostics, ControlLogix Fundamentals, Project Configuration, Offline Programming, Online Monitoring, Motion, Applications and Displays, Drawing Objects and Interactive Objects.

For more information on the grant, contact Sandy Larson, customized training coordinator at ATC, at (320) 762-4406, or e-mail