Goodwill Industries of Grand Rapids recently announced HexArmor® is to be honored as Employer of the Year in the Medium Employer Category at the annual Power of Work Celebration in late September. The award is the result of HexArmor's involvement in Goodwill’s Workforce Development program, which helps people find employment opportunities where they can apply their talents, gain experience, and ultimately reach their career goals.
HexArmor® has been involved in Goodwill’s Workforce Development program for several years. Currently, Ben Stuart, Production and Global Quality Assurance Manager, is in charge of the program. “Overall,” he says, “it’s been great. We’ve hired several employees as a result of the program; additionally HexArmor® has participated in Goodwill’s Transitional Work Experience (TWE) program which provides Goodwill feedback on an employee’s ability to perform tasks related to general employment. This valuable feedback can help the potential employee find future employment even if HexArmor® doesn’t have an opening available. We’ve had several success stories generated from TWE’s. Goodwill has become a trusted partner, whenever I’ve got a position to fill, I reach out to Rich at Goodwill.”
Participating in programs like Goodwill’s Workforce Development program give HexArmor® the chance to give back to the community. HexArmor® employees also volunteer their time and efforts to other charitable organizations including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and YWCA Domestic Assault Shelter.
HexArmor® is an industry-leading manufacturer of high performance safety gloves and personal protective equipment (PPE). Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the company has over 100 employees and continues to grow. Our industrial safety products are sold to companies in over 45 countries, and have been in use for billions of work hours. Our focus is on developing technologies that push the limits of protection. We believe that safety is not a luxury, but a necessity. Since our inception, HexArmor® has worked hand-in-hand with our customers to deliver the most innovative, effective solutions to keep workers safe. Excellence in safety is our passion, our goal, and our drive, every day.
Goodwill benefits anyone with a barrier to employment. Individuals meet with Goodwill vocational services professionals to discuss work experience, aspirations, and to identify their strengths and outline a plan for developing the skills they need to succeed in their chosen careers. Because people come from diverse backgrounds, Goodwill offers a range of short-term and long-term training options. They then match trainees to job openings and offer 90 days of follow-up support. Past positions include certified nurses’ aides, custodians, receptionists, assemblers, food service workers, hospitality workers and more. Goodwill’s mission and vision is to change lives and communities through the power of work, to be the leader in the nation helping people achieve self-sufficiency.