PRIDE Industries Dedicates Training Facility in Honor of Former Employee with Disabilities

Volunteer Team Created Facility to Offer Career Advancement Opportunities

El Paso, Tx. May 5, 2010 - PRIDE Industries, a leading employer of people with disabilities and facilities services provider to government agencies nationwide, announced today the opening of the PRIDE Industries Training Facility at Ft. Bliss, Texas. The training center is designed to offer hands-on, advanced training in various facilities maintenance trades to PRIDE’s employees working at Ft. Bliss.

Since October 2007, PRIDE has been providing base wide facilities services at Ft. Bliss under a Directorate of Public Works (DPW) contract through the AbilityOne program. AbilityOne (formerly Javits-Wagner-O’Day, or JWOD), is a federal program designed to create employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities. PRIDE employs more than 140 individuals on the contract, which creates jobs for people with, and without, disabilities.

The new training center is an open architecture building-within-a-building on the base. It will provide concentrated skills training in light carpentry, carpentry, electrical, plumbing skills and more. Training is available to all new and existing PRIDE employees, providing opportunities for growth and career advancement. In a true show of camaraderie and team spirit, the center was created by an all-volunteer team of PRIDE employees who were formally recognized for their contributions in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 11AM.

"This new training center demonstrates our commitment to our employees and our customer,” said Peter Berghuis, VP of PRIDE’s Integrated Facilities Division. “Job training helps to ensure quality service to our valued customers and advancement potential for all PRIDE employees.”

The facility is dedicated in honor of Steve Cener – a former PRIDE employee with a disability who worked at Ft. Bliss in 2007-2008. A dedicated employee, Steve passed away in 2008, but not without leaving a significant impression on his supervisors, peers and PRIDE’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Ziegler, to whom he wrote these words…”I wanted to thank you all for the chance to live again…lately I have had no life, no job and no friends. So thank you for giving me the reason to live and hold my head up with pride.”

PRIDE Industries is a not-for-profit organization providing a variety of business solutions to meet the manufacturing and service needs of public and private organizations nationwide. PRIDE is dedicated to creating jobs for people with disabilities, currently operating in nine states and the nation’s capital.