Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

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Thursday, June 27, 2014
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DWD & DATCP Highlight Dairy Month, Employing Persons with Disabilities during Visit to Brillion-Area Dairy Farm

DWD Secretary Newson & DATCP Secretary Brancel highlight Governor Walker's Better Bottom Line initiative

BRILLION – Secretaries from the Wisconsin Departments of Workforce Development (DWD) and Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) today cited Larry Krepline Farms LLC of Brillion as an example of how hiring people with disabilities can improve an employer's bottom line for both employers and workers, which is the focus for Governor Walker's proclamation of 2014 as Year of A Better Bottom Line.

"As we raise awareness of the contributions of Wisconsin's dairy industry during Dairy Month, we also want to showcase the benefits of employing persons with disabilities in all sectors, including agriculture," DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said. "Our Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helps thousands of individuals with disabilities achieve their employment goals ever year with employers like Larry Krepline Farms, in coordination with many agencies include the Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection."

"We not only recognize employers such as Krepline Farms who realize the value of hiring persons with disabilities," said DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel. “But we also appreciate the determination of Michael Kubichek and others like him to be part of the state’s workforce. We further acknowledge Michael for never giving up on his desire to work on a farm and contribute to one of the state’s leading industries."

Secretary Newson and Secretary Brancel congratulated Michael Kubichek of Reedsville on achieving his employment goal with Krepline Farms through connections made through DVR's team of Business Service Consultants. Michael noted during the DVR application process that his dream job would be on a farm, and DVR helped him obtain a seasonal and, ultimately a permanent position with Larry Krepline Farms LLC, an agricultural services, trucking and harvesting company located in Brillion outside the community of Reedsville.

Initiated last year, Business Services Consultants team has contacted over 5,000 businesses and has arranged 387 internships which have led to temporary employment that resulted in 486 direct hires.

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 an often overlooked skilled and capable workforce.

DVR assists over 17,000 individuals with disabilities, and in fiscal year 2013, it helped 3,840 consumers achieve their employment goals. These newly employed individuals are projected to earn $66.3 million annually, more than double the taxpayer investment in their services.

For more about DVR services, visit: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/