Local aero firms get $4.5 million from feds to protect jobs

Federal Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program grants were awarded to six Snohomish County employers.

EVERETT — Six Snohomish County companies received $4.5 million in grants through the federal Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program, funds that could protect nearly 200 local jobs.

In all, $9 million was awarded to 17 Washington aerospace companies during a second round of funding offered by the jobs protection program, which provides up to $3 billion to help keep eligible aviation workers on the job. It is a component of this year’s federal American Rescue Plan Act.

The grants, announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation, can be used to pay half the wages of specific employees for up to six months. In return, the business must document spending and agree not to furlough or lay off those workers during the six-month period.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently opened a third round of funding for the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program. Applications are due Monday, Dec. 13. For more information go to transportation.gov/AMJP/apply.

Snohomish County recipients:

• Cobalt Enterprises in Arlington received $436,516 to protect 22 jobs.

• IDL Precision Machining in Mukilteo received $341,341 to protect 17 jobs.

• Jamco America in Everett received $3.1 million to protect 125 jobs.

• Lakota Industries in Marysville received $108,232 to protect 6 jobs.

• Safran Ventilation Systems USA in Everett received $265,769 to protect 12 jobs.

• Westwood Precision in Everett received $232,162 to protect 11 jobs.

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