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Mustang Vaccum Systems Receives Training Grant, To Create 125 Jobs

Mustang Vacuum Systems is receiving an $184,842 grant for training in its new Manatee County facility.

Mustang plans on hiring to fill 125 jobs over the next three years at the new facility.

The Manatee Economic Development Council and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, helped Mustang Vacuum Systems apply for the grant and design programs for training.

The skills for manufacturing are very specialized so Mustang needed personalized training programs. The EDC and SCF teamed up to initiate the training program.

The grant will help fund the training programs for up to 125 employees, including welders, IT specialists, engineers, electricians, scientists, salespeople and managers.

SCF will be coordinating training efforts through the Quick Response Training grant process with reimbursement of state funds through Workforce Florida. SCF will also be providing training.  

Earlier this year, Mustang Vacuum Systems moved into its new 50,000-square-feet facility in the Sarasota Commerce Center.

The manufacturing company now has only 32 employees making equipment used by solar cell manufactures.

With the expansion of production, the cost of solar energy for consumers should lessen as integrating technologies into solar cell production reduces manufacturing costs and increases efficiency of cells.

Mustang Vacuum Systems is an affiliate of Mustang Dynamometer. Mustang manufactures vacuum coating and metalizing equipment, including sputtering machines, optical coating units and batch metalizers.

Writer: Mandy Erfourth
Source: Eric Basinger, Economic Development Council

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