Wisconsin’s State Use Board has presented Careers Industries with the 2009 State Use Program Partnership Award for partnering with Heritage Bags to contract with the state for polyethylene trash can liners. The award was presented on Thursday, July 9, in Madison.
“We’re honored to receive this award,” said Gary Goodsell, Careers’ Fulfillment Services director. “This state program is a tremendous example of how Wisconsin taxpayers and persons with disabilities can all benefit. We hope that this program will continue to succeed and grow so that more jobs can be created for people with disabilities, and the reliance on taxpayer funding to support community rehabilitation programs such as ours will be minimized.”
The State Use Program encourages job growth for Wisconsin residents with disabilities through the purchasing power of state agencies. Careers Industries was awarded the contract to manufacture and sell trash can liners in 2005 and has been working to expand commercial and retail sales. Under the terms of the contract, 75 percent of the labor must be provided by people with disabilities. In 2008, Careers Industries manufactured 13.5 million trash can liners.
Careers Industries facilities are at 3502 Douglas Ave. in Racine and 161 Industrial Dr. in Burlington.