A grant awarded to an Ottawa Industrial Park tenant is expected to help the company better compete in a global environment, the Franklin County Development Council said this week.

Midwest Cabinet Company, 1674 N. Industrial Ave., Ottawa, received a Kansas Industrial Retraining grant giving the company $36,720 to implement a modern Enterprise Resource Planning system. The grant is designed to retain a highly skilled workforce in Kansas companies and assist Kansas businesses implement new technology, according to the development council. Midwest Cabinet  Company will retain and train 136 existing employees to use the new software system.

“This was the fastest and smoothest process we have ever encountered,” Bob Howell, Midwest Cabinet’s president and chief executive officer, said. The company has branches in Franklin and Neosho counties.

The software will help the business, as well as the state overall, Pat George, Kansas Commerce Secretary, said.

“The software update and training program that Midwest Cabinet Company will implement will help the company continue to thrive in a highly competitive market,” George said. “That is great news for the company, its employees and our state’s economy.”