Viracon Receives State Human Rights Award

Jim Wendorff (center), vice president of Human Resources at Viracon, accepts the State Human Rights Award with members of the Steel County Human Rights Commission, (from left to right) James Otteson, Linda Hoffman, Jim Wendorff, Rich Ellingson and Jose Herrera.

Owatonna, Minn.-based Viracon has received a State of Minnesota Human Rights Award. The award was presented by the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commission on September 29 at its annual conference, held at the Grand Casino Convention Center in Mille Lacs, Minn.

According to the Commission, Viracon was chosen for the award because of the company's commitment to diversity, inclusion and training.

"Viracon is fortunate to have a skilled and dedicated workforce. An activity which continues to develop and upgrade skills will ensure that Viracon will have a strong and prepared workforce for the future," says Jim Wendorff, vice president of human resources.

Late last year, Viracon announced a new training program aimed at developing its minority workforce. The innovative “Employer of Opportunity” training program, developed in conjunction with Riverland Community College, was developed to give minority employees the language, academic and technical skills necessary to elevate them into higher wage-earning positions in Viracon.

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