Dalton, Ga.—Service Providers Association for Developmental Disabilities (SPADD) recently presented Shaw Industries Group the 2018 Employer of the Year award for the company’s commitment to creating an inclusive workplace.
Shaw was nominated for the award by Cross Plains Community Partner (CPCP), a local group supporting men and women with developmental disabilities in Northwest Georgia. Since 2012, Shaw has partnered with CPCP to organize Project SEARCH, a nine-month employment preparedness program for individuals with intellectual and learning disabilities. Participants receive invaluable training and workplace skills, preparing them to enter the workforce. Upon completion, graduates may be placed into jobs within their local community that fit their skills and abilities. Shaw has a long history of offering mutually beneficial employment to participants; each of the three most recent graduates are currently employed with Shaw Industries.
“Shaw is proud to be recognized as a champion of inclusivity in the workplace, especially through Project SEARCH,” said Mike Fromm, Shaw Industries’ chief human resources officer (CHRO). “We’re dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities learn integral workplace and life lessons because it gives them renewed purpose and confidence, while allowing us to deliver on our vision to create a better future in our community.”
Accepting the award on behalf of Shaw was Leigh Groves, HR manager trainee; Deanna Mathis, director—community outreach and corporate giving; Heather Canada-Smith, director—HR compliance.
Shaw actively seeks to empower its workforce and make a difference in the community. The company ranks among Forbes magazine’s 2018 list of America’s Best Large Employers.