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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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

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Friday, October 17, 2014
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DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Recognizes Hayward Area Employers

Northwest Wisconsin businesses named 'Exemplary Employers' for commitment to hiring person with disabilities

HAYWARD – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson today recognized employers from northwest Wisconsin for their commitment to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. The businesses received an "Exemplary Employer" plaque signed by Governor Walker as part of the 16th Annual Opportunities for Success Awards, an event hosted by 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.

"At the Department of Workforce Development, we work every day with employers who experience how hiring people with disabilities can help their business achieve a better bottom line," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "The employers we are recognizing today are doing an outstanding job of providing opportunities and job supports to people with disabilities, and we hope other employers follow their example."

Employers honored at the event include CoCo's Artisan Bread and Fine Pastries (Washburn), Graphic Display Systems (Amery), Apostle Islands Marina (Bayfield), Northlakes Community Clinic (Iron River), Zifko Tire (Ashland), Norvado (Cable), Marketplace Foods (Hayward), Super One Foods (Park Falls), Super 8 Motel (Superior), Bayview Lawn Care and Snow Removal (Washburn) and Bruce Ewings (Gilman). The employers were recognized for providing opportunities and 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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