Northwest Hardwoods in Onalaska was recognized for its inclusive hiring practices during the Wisconsin Job Honor Awards last month in Madison.

The awards honors persons who have overcome vocational challenges and the businesses that have enabled them to do so.

Northwest Hardwoods General Manager Mark Wells said the honor was really about giving people a chance to work that they might not otherwise get. To make this happen, Wells turned to Aurora Vocational Services, a local organization that helps disabled or disadvantaged people find employment.

The Onalaska branch of the national hardwood lumber producer is one of 26 locations around the country and has 40 employees.

Northwest Hardwoods was one of two businesses honored this year for inclusive hiring practices. Also honored was Mayfield Engineering Company, which partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Correction’s work release program to put “ex-offenders” back to work.

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Coulee Courier reporter

Tobias Mann is a reporter with the River Valley Media Group. He can be reached at tobias.mann@lee.net or at 608-791-8216.

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