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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
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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A Better Bottom Line: DWD Secretary Newson Visits Jack Link's of Minong to Highlight DVR Partnership

Meets with company leaders, regional DVR staff to learn more about collaborative efforts

MINONG – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson toured the Jack Link's campus in Minong to learn more about how the company’s ongoing efforts to recruit and hire job seekers with disabilities.

The company partners with regional staff from DWD's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), an agency that provides employment and training services to job seekers with disabilities, to fill their open positions with qualified applicants with disabilities.

"When a business looks past a person's disability and recognizes their unique abilities and tremendous potential, it's a win-win for everyone," Secretary Newson said. "The business benefits with a qualified and dedicated employee, and the person with a disability benefits though an opportunity to earn a paycheck and achieve greater independence."

Jack Link’s, a family-owned company headquartered in Minong, is a global leader in protein snacks and the No. 1 meat snack manufacturer worldwide. The company offers more than 100 premium protein snacks.

In the last year, Jack Link's has hired several DVR job-seekers with disabilities to work in a variety of positions at the Minong facility, and is currently hosting an on-the-job training (OJT) youth who is able to gain work experience while still in high school.

During his visit, Secretary Newson met with company representatives and with local DVR staff including local Business Services Consultant Jeff Pooler and District Director Tom Draghi, who work with employers across the region to fill their talent needs.

A Better Bottom Line
Governor Walker launched the year of A Better Bottom Line initiative in 2014 in support of overcoming obstacles to employment for people with disabilities. A Better Bottom Line, tailored after Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s initiative with the National Governor’s Association, promotes employment opportunities for people with disabilities through recognition, education and investments in programs like DVR.

DVR actively serves 17,000 job seekers with disabilities and helped 4,875 consumers reach their employment goals during the most recent federal fiscal year.

For more information: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

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