Honored by Governor as Exemplary Employer
Linetec of Wausau, Wis., announced recently that Wisconsin Governor
Jim Doyle honored the company as an exemplary employer committed
to the principles of diversity in the workplace. The State of Wisconsin's
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the NorthCentral
Technical College (NTC) nominated the architectural metals finishing
company for its employment outreach and training program with those
who are deaf.
Linetec's president Rick Marshall accepted the award in late May
at the 2006 Governor's Workforce Development Conference.
"We are delighted to be selected as a winning exemplary employer.
Not only are we proud to recognize the contributions of our company
and its diverse staff, but also glad that this helps raise awareness
of the resources offered by DVR and NTC to business like ours who
seek the most-qualified employees within our community and our industry,"
Currently, Linetec employs five full-time people who are deaf.
During the hiring process and the first 90 days of employment, NTC's
job placement coordinator and interpreter Karen Akey provides on-site
"Being deaf comes with many challenges in life especially when
seeking employment," she said and praised Linetec's "sincere effort
in looking beyond a person's disability and seeking out qualified
individuals that can be productive and give back to their company."
With Akey's assistance, Timmy Lowe, Jr. learned about Linetec's
employment opportunities and joined the company in November 2005.
He notes, "I was able to attend meetings with an interpreter provided
for me and I learned a lot about this company. The employees are
very friendly to me and very helpful. They try their best to meet
I really enjoy working here." Akey echoes Lowe's experience, "It's
been an amazing experience to work with Linetec. I am so impressed
by Rick's personal involvement, their HR team's orientation process,
and their entire company's interest in understanding deafness and
deaf culture. It's been absolutely wonderful."