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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

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Monday, October 13, 2014
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DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson Recognizes Gordy's County Market

Eau Claire business named 'Exemplary Employer' for commitment to hiring persons with disabilities

EAU CLAIRE – At a celebration event today in Eau Claire, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson recognized Gordy's County Market for its commitment to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson presented the company with an "Exemplary Employer" plaque from Governor Scott Walker.

"Governor Walker has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month and 2014 as the Year of A Better Bottom line to encourage Wisconsin employers to employ persons with disabilities," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "On the Governor's behalf, I am pleased to recognize Gordy's and its leaders, who demonstrate that people with disabilities can help their business achieve a better bottom line."

Gordy's County Market has worked with DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) over the years to hire job seekers with disabilities and, in the last year, have hired job seekers with disabilities at 11 stores.

"Receiving this award today is a great honor," said Val Wiese Human Resource Director at Gordy's. "We are delighted to have a great relationship with DVR. The employees we have brought on board bring something special to our team every day; a strong work ethic, a desire to do their best, and a commitment to showing up for work. Each employee has been an asset to our growing company and we look forward to working closely with DVR in the future."

DVR is actively serving almost 17,000 job seekers with disabilities and, during the federal fiscal year that ended September 30, placed 4,415 individuals in a variety of positions. The newly employed individuals are projected to earn $78.3 million annually, more than double the taxpayer investment in their services.

For more information:

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/

Governor's Proclamation: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/newsreleases/pdf/disability_employment_awareness_month.pdf

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