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RADIX URGES SUPPORT OF GOV. FLORIO'S EXPANDED JOB TRAINING BILL

 RADIX URGES SUPPORT OF GOV. FLORIO'S EXPANDED JOB TRAINING BILL
 TRENTON, N.J., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Radix Group International, a large freight forwarding and customs brokerage firm with operations offices in Jersey City, is urging support for Governor Jim Florio's "New Skills Partnership" program whereby the State of New Jersey helps fund company-sponsored training programs.
 The expanded program, which was a highlight of Gov. Florio's State of the State speech in Trenton yesterday, is expected to create more and better jobs for the labor force in New Jersey.
 Pierre Schoenheimer, board chairman of Radix, said that his company has "completed its first phase of an intensive training program helped by a $50,000 grant from the State of New Jersey." The training program has encompassed higher productivity standards, cross- training of employees, and superior communications standards in dealing with customers.
 "The New Jersey program substantiates the theory that private companies and public agencies can cooperate in training programs that will heighten the skills of employees and make them more valuable in the labor force," added Schoenheimer. He noted that Radix has witnessed "marked improvement in employee productivity and efficiency since our training program began about a year ago."
 The Radix chairman urged even greater funding for such programs in New Jersey and also creation of initial grants from other states. "New Jersey has demonstrated that employee improvement programs do work when actual training is left to the private sector," Schoenheimer commented. He noted that Radix has a full time training expert who conducts classes and on-the-spot instruction for a wide variety of personnel not only in its New Jersey offices but at its facilities throughout the nation. "What is different and valuable about the New Jersey funded program is that it helps all of us -- from our people on the loading dock right up to the management suite," stated Schoenheimer.
 The Radix chairman noted that only 1 percent of the $2.6 billion allotted to the New Jersey unemployment fund has been allocated for customized training programs. Schoenheimer believes funding could even be expanded. "I realize New Jersey has many demands on its services, and that we are in a very tight economy. However, any program that can improve employee productivity as well as help create new jobs, should be fully supported by business and government."
 Radix is not only continuing its new skills and cross training programs, the company is expanding them. "We are in a very competitive environment and improved employee productivity and skills is imperative for our company to grow and prosper," Schoenheimer concluded.
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