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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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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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DWD Secretary Recognizes Kwik Trip, Inc. as 'Exemplary Employer'

Honored with Governor-signed plaque for commitment to hire persons with disabilities as part of Disability Employment Awareness Month

LA CROSSE – At a celebration event today in La Crosse, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson recognized Kwik Trip, Inc. for its commitment to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities. Secretary Newson presented the company with an "Exemplary Employer" plaque signed by Governor Scott Walker as part of a ceremony 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.

"Dozens of job seekers with disabilities are successfully pursing their employment goals at Kwik Trip locations, and we are pleased to recognize the company for its partnership," Secretary Newson said. "We look forward to our continued collaborations with Kwik Trip and other Wisconsin employers as we integrate more job seekers with disabilities into the workplace."

Kwik Trip works closely with DVR to recruit and hire qualified job seekers with disabilities for open positions in their stores throughout Wisconsin. Sixty-six DVR job seekers have been hired by Kwik Trip stores across Wisconsin since the partnership began in August 2013.

"At Kwik Trip, we have a core value of respect which means we offer employment opportunities to coworkers with a variety of abilities. Our coworkers with disabilities bring a dimension to our company that is irreplaceable," Steve Zietlow, Vice President of Kwik Trip said. "Their skills and contributions clearly make us a better company."

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 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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