The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (NWWIB) presented their Business of the Year Awards during the December meeting at Lakewoods Resort in Cable, WI. This year three regional businesses received recognition for their outstanding commitment to their community and employees. Awards were presented to BW Papersystems, Cutting Edge Metals, Inc., and the Senior Resource Center.
BW Papersystems received the Business of the Year: Large Business Award. Dennis Lemke from BW Papersystems, located in Phillips, WI, accepted the award on the company’s behalf. BW Papersystems is the corporate headquarters for the global BW Papersystems company. It is also one of three manufacturing plants in the USA. The company, part of Barry-Wehmiller, combines extremely strong brands, innovative technologies and long-standing global experience in the corrugating and finishing, sheeting and packaging, and stationery, book-binding and security-documents industries. This global company has had a significant impact on the economic and cultural strength of Price County and the surrounding area. BW Papersystems focuses on sustainability and a culture that places its people on the same level of priority as its profits and provides fulfilling, well-paying employment to the people in Phillips and neighboring communities. The organization encourages personal and professional development through outside training opportunities along with a corporate university (Barry-Wehmiller University) that provides all team members access to communication skills training, culture of service training, continuous improvement and leadership training.
Cutting Edge Metals, Inc. of Superior, WI, received the Business of the Year: Small Business Award. Mike Miller, owner of the business, accepted the award. Cutting Edge Metals, Inc. is an innovative business that was developed in the garage of owner Mike Miller. There have been a lot of growing pains and challenges since he first decided to pursue custom metal work. Each piece is custom and handmade, not mass produced. No assembly line and no robots. While building his business in 2015, Mike worked with Northwest Wisconsin CEP and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act On-the-Job Training (OJT) program to train new employees as well as utilizing the OJT Upgrade program to enhance the skill sets of his existing workforce. Through this process, he has been very supportive of hiring non-traditional workers and Veterans preference. Currently, Cutting Edge Metals, Inc. is working on expanding with the purchase of an additional 12,000 square foot building in Superior. This opportunity will not only increase their production; however, it will hopefully make way to create more positions as this unique business continues to grow.
The Senior Resource Center received the Community Impact Award. Linda Hand, Executive Director, and Joey Johnson, Board Chair, from the Senior Resource Center in Hayward, WI accepted the award. The mission of the Senior Resource Center is to serve, support, assist, and advocate for the older adults of Sawyer County and their caregivers to help them achieve active, fulfilled, independent, and healthy lives. Over the last several decades, the Senior Resource Center, located in Hayward, WI, has grown tremendously. One of their programs that has seen extensive growth is their nutrition and meal programing. Currently, they have senior meal sites in five locations, which include the towns of Exeland, Hayward, Spider Lake, Stone Lake, and Winter. From these sites, meals are delivered to homebound older adults in a radius distance of over fifteen miles per location. Through a grant from Meals on Wheels of America, the Senior Resource Center has been able to provide salad bar offerings in three of their meal locations. In the last several years, senior centers throughout the nation have had to close their doors. However because of several successful fundraisers and increased awareness, the Senior Resource Center continues to expand their services and their nutrition service numbers are going up.