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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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Secretary Newson: Klondike Cheese Company in Monroe Example of How Employees with Disabilities Can Help Employers Succeed

MONROE –Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today cited Klondike Cheese Company in Monroe as an example of how recruiting and hiring people with disabilities can help employers succeed, which is the focus for Governor Walker's proclamation of 2014 as Year of A Better Bottom Line.

"I want to commend Klondike Cheese Company for doing their part in growing Wisconsin's economy," Secretary Newson said. "The partnership that Klondike Cheese Company has with our agency's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is a good example of finding the right person for the right job."

DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson, on behalf of Secretary Newson, highlighted DVR's Business Services initiative to engage more employers across the state. As part of the initiative, 20 Business Services Consultants were hired by DVR last year and have dramatically expanded DVR's outreach efforts to employers.

In a little over a year, DVR Business Service Consultants have contacted over 6,200 businesses and have assisted more than 680 job seekers with disabilities connect to permanent employment. In addition, they have arranged more than 360 on-the-job training experiences and more than 480 internships/temporary employment experiences that will help DVR job seekers with disabilities gain the skills they need to be successful in employment.

"Governor Walker has declared 2014 Year of A Better Bottom Line to highlight successful operations businesses throughout the year that have hired people with disabilities who have the skills to do the job," continued Secretary Newson. "I encourage other employers to follow Klondike Cheese Company's example and learn about the value that people with disabilities can bring to their own companies,"

DVR assists over 17,000 individuals with disabilities every year, and in fiscal year 2013, it helped 3,840 job seekers with disabilities achieve their employment goals. These newly employed individuals are projected to earn $66.3 million annually, more than double the taxpayer investment in their services.

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