Anniston business receives state award for supporting disabled workers
by Patrick McCreless
Dec 11, 2013 | 2786 views |  0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An Anniston company received state recognition this week for providing employment opportunities for disabled residents.

Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday presented Monarch Windows and Doors of Anniston with the Alabama Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities' Large Business Award. The committee awarded several businesses in various categories for providing disabled Alabamians employment opportunities.

Joe Webster, general manager and national sales manager for Monarch, said his company has employed eight disabled workers since the summer. Webster said some of the employees work on Monarch's manufacturing floor while others work in shipping and housing.

"Later, we were nominated for the award and it was a surprise to us that we won," Webster said.

Webster said he started the disabled-employment program through a partnership with the Opportunity Center, a local nonprofit that provides training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

"It's been a blessing for us," Webster said of the program.

Webster said he encouraged all local business leaders to consider offering employment opportunities to disabled residents.

"I think they'll be pleased in the quality of the individuals available to them and the pride they take in the work they do," Webster said.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.

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