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Illinois Governor’s Workforce Training Program Announcement Held at NOW Foods

Bloomingdale, IL (March 1, 2007) - An Illinois state workforce training grant which will help more than 2,150 individuals through the University of Illinois’ Business and Industry Services Coalition of Manufacturers was announced today at the NOW Foods manufacturing facility in Bloomingdale, IL. The $900,000 grant, which will provide training and consulting services to upgrade skills within the manufacturing industry, is part of Opportunity Returns, Governor Rod Blagojevich’s proactive economic development strategy.

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Viability Director Jack Lavin made the announcement, noting that the program will help create “skilled workers who have benefits and can earn a living wage to support their families.” He further noted that “job training is helping statewide companies increase productivity, reduce costs and enhance competitiveness in today’s ultra-competitive global economy.”

NOW Foods president Al Powers remarked that “at NOW Foods, we have been dedicated to constant innovation and improvement, neither of which could be possible without a top notch workforce. The training grants from Gov. Blagojevich and DCEO have made a positive difference in the growth and success of our company, and helped us become a leading manufacturer of high quality nutritional products that support NOW’s Mission: “To provide value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.

Over the last two years, the state’s training dollars have been able to help upgrade the skills of 111 NOW Foods workers, through 24 different types of training programs.

NOW Foods ( is a family owned and operated natural products manufacturer/distributor with a 38-year legacy of providing high quality nutritional supplements at affordable prices. Their A-rated GMP certified facility boasts state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities including one of the finest teams of product quality experts in the supplements industry. The Richard’s family pledge is "underlying NOW's commitment to quality is our commitment to you - to provide the best products available at a reasonable price and, thereby, play a meaningful role in the quality and extension of human life." For more information visit


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