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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Green Bay Employer Honored for Efforts to Hire Job Seekers with Disabilities

Recognition event occurred during Disability Employment Awareness Month, proclaimed by Governor Walker

GREEN BAY – Schreiber Foods, Inc. of Green Bay today received recognition from the state of Wisconsin for its commitment to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. The company received an "Exemplary Employer" plaque signed by Governor Walker as part of a ceremony hosted by ASPIRO and DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).

Governor Walker proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month to encourage and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities, which is also part of his initiative titled A Better Bottom Line to showcase the ways in which employing persons with disabilities improves a company's bottom line.

"We are pleased to recognize an employer such as Schreiber Foods for its commitment to employing persons with disabilities," said DWD Secretary Reggie Newson. "We also want to recognize ASPIRO for it role in this successful partnership to help job seekers with disabilities achieve greater independence by reaching their employment goals."

DVR Administrator Mike Greco represented DWD at a celebration ceremony today in Green Bay. He thanked Schreiber Foods for its work with DVR and ASPIRO to hire job seekers with disabilities through ASPIRO's Supported Employment program. Supported Employment provides on the job supports for people with disabilities to help them learn new job duties and be successful in employment.

In addition to declaring October as Disability Employment Awareness Month, Governor Walker proclaimed 2014 as the Year of A Better Bottom Line to highlight successful operations thanks in part to the contributions of people with disabilities, while urging other employers to consider this skilled and capable workforce.

DVR assists over 17,000 individuals with disabilities, and in fiscal year 2014, it helped 4,415 job-seekers with disabilities to achieve their employment goals. These newly employed individuals are projected to earn $78.3 million annually, more than double the taxpayer investment in their services.

To learn more about the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/

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

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