SOURCE: Key Polymer Corporation

January 12, 2010 10:22 ET

Key Polymer's Initial Investment in Employee Basic Education via Northern Essex Community College's Center for Business and Industry Generates Grant to Continue Program, Prepare Employees for New Responsibilities as Company Grows

LAWRENCE, MA--(Marketwire - January 12, 2010) - Key Polymer Corporation, manufacturer of specialty adhesives and chemical compounds, is proving that Basic Employee Education from Northern Essex Community College's Center for Business and Industry is a win-win situation.

According to Robert Baker, Key Polymer President, "In early 2009, we instituted a voluntary educational program focusing on math and language skills for longer-term employees and management training for front line supervisors. These programs proved to be very successful at the employee level. In addition, Key Polymer has received a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Workforce Training grant of $22,000 to enable the programs to be extended through 2010."

Ms. Jeanne Mosher, instructor with NECC's Institute for Community and Workforce Development, brought her many years of experience in corporate training programs to Key Polymer for 7:00AM classes twice weekly. The supervisory training program utilizes the college's own courses including "Supervisory Skills Bootcamp," "Understanding Behavioral Styles," "Improving Spoken Communication," and "How to Handle Difficult People and Conflict at Work."

Mr. Baker added, "Key Polymer's business plan is based on new projects that bring with them more detailed processes and the need for additional record keeping at the point of production. Improved calculation, reading and writing skills give our employees confidence and enthusiasm to be comfortable carrying out their new responsibilities."

About Northern Essex Community College

With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence and extension sites in Andover, Methuen, and North Andover, Northern Essex Community College is a state-assisted college, offering over 70 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of non credit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth. Close to 13,000 students ranging from recent high school graduates to workers employed locally attend classes days, evenings, and weekends. Northern Essex is the only state college located in the lower Merrimack Valley Region of Massachusetts. For additional information contact Dan Halloran, program manager for NECC's Workforce Development, at 978-556-3834 or

About Key Polymer Corporation

Founded in 1959, Key Polymer Corporation manufactures a broad range of proprietary and toll manufactured adhesives, coatings and other chemical compounds. Technologies include epoxy, wax butyl rubber blends, and epoxy and urethane products for industrial applications. Since inception, Key Polymer has successfully partnered with customers to provide unique and responsive customer-specific materials and processing solutions.

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