Secretary Goldstein Visits Polartec, LLC in Lawrence

Jul 18, 2012, 16:43 ET from Polartec, LLC

LAWRENCE, Mass., July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) has awarded $104,940 to Polartec, LLC to support a two-year program with Northern Essex Community College to provide training for English for Speakers of Other Languages students (ESOL).

Secretary Goldstein, along with leaders from Commonwealth Corp, Northern Essex Community College, and UniteHere representatives, will visit Polartec's headquarters in Lawrence today to tour their state of the art manufacturing facility, and meet with the machine operators, material handlers and inspectors participating in the program.

This grant will support over 1,200 program hours of training for Polartec employees, aiming to build the employee's English language and math skills.  Its end goal is to improve oral and written communication skills in English along with basic math skills.  The training classes are offered to accommodate workers on all four of their shift assignments at their Lawrence manufacturing facility.

Polartec is one of the leading technical performance fabric brands in the world.  Polartec develops and manufactures all-season synthetic fabrics for the outdoor and military markets, and is used primarily for performance apparel under the Polartec brand name. The company currently has more than 480 unique styles and more than 200 patents issued and pending for technical and performance fabric. Polartec is a critical supplier to all branches of the U.S. Military, partnering with the Department of Defense to engineer, evaluate and manufacture critical technologies to meet unique mission needs.

Polartec has pioneered the use of recycled and renewable materials in textiles, and is in the process of completing a major energy conservation initiative that will allow them to continue to compete with manufacturers throughout the world.

About Polartec, LLC
Polartec, LLC is the developer, manufacturer and marketer of Polartec® performance fabrics. Polartec® products range from lightweight wicking base layers, to insulation layers, to extreme weather protection and are utilized by the best clothing brands in the world. In addition, Polartec® fabrics are used extensively by all branches of the United States military including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Special Operations Forces. For more information, visit

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