work force development

Autocrat honored for worker training

Posted 5/27/10

LINCOLN – State officials on Wednesday honored Autocrat Inc., the maker of coffee syrup and other coffee products, for innovative worker training.

Autocrat received a $40,000 grant in 2009 from the Governor’s Workforce Board Rhode Island, the state agency that gives companies matching grants to train their employees.

“Autocrat has used its training dollars to build skills development, technology expertise and leadership in its existing ranks,” the board said in a news release. The training was described as a first step in a three-year expansion plan by the company, which also owns the Newport Coffee Traders brand.

Autocrat was founded in 1895 and has been owned and run by the Field family for four generations. The company had 117 employees at the end of last year, according to Providence Business News data.

Gov. Donald L. Carcieri presented Autocrat with the 2010 Innovation Award at the biannual Workforce Development Day at the Statehouse. The General Assembly declared coffee milk Rhode Island’s state drink in 1993, and Autocrat is described on as the state’s preferred brand of coffee syrup.

The Workforce Board says it has given out $11 million to help train more than 20,000 workers in Rhode Island since 2005.

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