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Governor Presents WIN Award To Green Bay Converting, Inc.
Madison – Gov. Scott McCallum announced today that Green Bay Converting, Inc., located in Green Bay, has won the Governor’s Workforce Innovation Award (WIN), which recognizes individuals and organizations that create innovative approaches and outside -the-box solutions to develop and sustain Wisconsin’s workforce.
"In hiring many refugees over the past several years, Green Bay Converting has helped meet their labor force needs, while giving people facing significant challenges a chance," Gov. McCallum said.
Green Bay Converting, Inc. specializes in converting tissue, towel, napkins and wipes. Employees perform various downstream packaging of finished case products. Green Bay Converting employs a diversified, multi-cultural workforce in addition to the refugee program.
Thus far, Green Bay Converting has hired thirty refugees as full-time workers, many of whom were hired with limited work history, limited English speaking ability, limited education, and were on public assistance. Integrated Community Services (ICS) in Green Bay has used the federal Community Service Employment (CSE) funds to provide subsidized wages for a number of refugee employees. The employer used one of their plant supervisors and staffs from ICS to conduct in-house training for refugee employees. ICS staffs also provided supportive services to the employer and refugee employees. These included: job application screening, job orientation, safety training, benefits, quality, productivity, and company policy.
With the cooperation of the company management, ICS also provided a diversity class to other non-refugee employees. Green Bay Converting, Inc. has utilized its current refugee employees who have better language skills and work knowledge to be mentors to the others with less English skills and has promoted a number of refugee employees into higher positions (e.g. from production workers to machine operators).
The WIN Award highlights innovative approaches and solutions to overcoming barriers to work, empowering individuals to move up the job ladder, and partnering with employers, educators and local government to build a stronger workforce.
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