Greenheck receives Governor's Workforce Innovation Award
Wisconsin Gov. Scott McCallum Monday presented a WIN Award to Greenheck in recognition of its innovative approaches to develop and sustain its workforce.
The governor presented the Workforce Innovation award before hundreds of Greenheck employees at a ceremony in the Greenheck Product Centre, then stepped across the street for a tour of the company's centrifugal and vane axial fan plant. He referred specifically to Greenheck's Employee Stock Ownership Program.
"You are one of only about 450 companies in the entire country where you have all the employees working together as owners," McCallum said. He noted that despite all the emphasis on biotechnology and information technology, good-paying manufacturing jobs are still vital.
"What we need to recognize, and what you are an excellent example of, is that the new economy includes manufacturing, so long as we recognize and understand the changes that are coming about in manufacturing," he said. "This company and you as employees and owners of the company understand what it takes to have value added, increased productivity and the importance of education in the marketplace. My congratulations to each and every one of you for the excellent example you have provided to the entire state of Wisconsin."
Symbolizing the partnership with workers that exists at the company, co-founder Bob Greenheck called on Tim Hintze, business manager of Local 565 of the Sheetmetal Workers International Association, to take part in the award presentation.
"We deal with a lot of companies in the state," Hintze said, "and Greenheck is innovative in the way it approaches employees. We are proud to be partners with Greenheck. You guys do a great job here, and Greenheck is a great company."
Greenheck is one of only 2,500 companies nationwide that is majority employee-owned, and one of only 450 union companies that is employee-owned. The company provides a wages and benefits package unmatched by any employer in central Wisconsin, and a clean and safe work environment with an OSHA incident rate well below the national average. Greenheck also offers a computer-based learning center for employees, a 100 percent tuition reimbursement program, and a long list of in-house training programs. Greenheck's special events committee coordinates wellness-related and social events for employees and families, and the company has built strong partnerships with education, community organizations and other businesses.
Unlike many of its major competitors, the company continues to perform well despite the slow economy, and last week announced an expansion project at its kitchen ventilation equipment facility. Greenheck also plans to purchase new machines and computer software for factory scheduling, and to revamp two other Schofield plants, and to accelerate product development efforts and international marketing.
Greenheck is now one of the area's largest employers, with more than 1,500 employee-owners who participate in an Employee Stock Ownership Program. Its plants and headquarters office occupy more than 1,000,000 square feet.
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