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Metalcraft of Mayville honored

October 4, 2018

MAYVILLE — Metalcraft of Mayville received an Exemplary Employer Award on Wednesday from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development for demonstrating a strong commitment to hiring job seekers with disabilities.

DWD Division Administrator Delora Newton said Gov. Scott Walker proclaimed the month of October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Wisconsin to highlight businesses that recruit and hire people with disabilities and encourage other businesses to provide opportunities for this skilled, dedicated and capable workforce.

As the state’s talent development agency, DWD connects employers with a robust pool of skilled workers, assists job seekers with disabilities in achieving their employment outcomes through its Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and oversees the state’s Unemployment Insurance, Equal Rights and Worker’s Compensation programs.

Bright Futures of Wisconsin, a Beaver Dam agency, nominated Metalcraft for the award. Bright Futures is a contracted provider for the DVR.

Bright Futures job developer Mary Fitzgerald said their goal is to connect individuals to real jobs for real pay in the community they choose to live and work in.

Fitzgerald met Linda Laehr, Metalcraft human resources generalist, at a hiring event at Horicon City Hall.

“Linda was very interested and open to the concept of hiring individuals with varying abilities. I followed up with her and she supplied me with job descriptions of what they had available,” Fitzgerald said. “I introduced her to Randy (Hamilton), who is a very capable, wonderful person. I knew he would show up for work and be happy to be there. She allowed us to the opportunity to go into the factory and see the jobs that were available. It often helps to have a visual of what work needs to be done.

“Metalcraft has been awesome; they are open to us bringing anyone in and seeing if they can make it work.”

Hamilton, a Beaver Dam resident, started working at Metalcraft in January and said he really enjoys his job as a production helper.

“I take parts off the laser and clean them all off and put them in the proper places,” Hamilton said. “I think it’s great that Metalcraft got this award; it makes me proud.”

In presenting the award, DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary BJ Dernbach said his office focuses on what people’s abilities are, rather than on their disabilities.

“I commend Metalcraft for working with us and helping to get the message out that this is a phenomenal workforce pipeline,” he said.

Statewide, 33 businesses are being recognized by the DWD for their efforts to employ people with disabilities.

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