A $106,800 grant that Lytron received in 2011 will be put to use in an employee training and professional development project. The liquid-cooling company plans to train more than 150 employees at its Woburn, Mass., plant. Lytron will match the grant award with a total-time investment of more than 6,000 employee hours.

The goal of the project, which will focus largely on lean manufacturing, is to improve overall product quality and first-pass yields of custom products. Lytron executives also expect it to help the company identify ways to further increase efficiency under its current lean manufacturing program.

"In addition to enhancing our current employee training program and helping our employees grow professionally, the grant will also help us to continue to remain cost-competitive in the global thermal management industry," says Kathleen Schoonmaker, vice president of operations.

The training programs include lean awareness and tools for shop-floor employees, value stream mapping, standard work and visual instruction, problem solving and corrective action, Kaizen events, and train-the-trainer sessions. The grant will also be used for market-specific welding certification.

To be eligible for the grant, Lytron was required to demonstrate the need for the training, the positive impact the training would have on the organization, and the company's fiscal responsibility. The project is funded by a Workforce Training Fund grant through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.