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Companies have shared more than 1,400+ actions that they are taking to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Coalition expands reach and impact into the business community

Roseville, Calif. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PRIDE Industries joins a growing coalition pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. One of nearly 2,000 CEOs that have come together for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, Jeff Dern is committing himself and PRIDE Industries to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

 

By signing on to this commitment, PRIDE Industries pledges to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion. The collective of nearly 2,000 signatories has already shared more than 1,400+ best-known actions, exchanging tangible learning opportunities and creating collaborative conversations via the initiative’s unified hub, CEOAction.com.

 

“Diversity and inclusion are difficult issues to navigate, but if we avoid constructive conversation about our differences, communication deteriorates and productivity suffers,” said Jeff Dern, President and CEO of PRIDE Industries. “As a social enterprise committed to normalizing workplace inclusion, we are proud to join other industry leaders in cultivating a work environment where employees can openly address challenges, present opportunities, and share perspectives.”

 

Nearly 60 percent of PRIDE Industries’ workforce has a disclosed disability. As a social enterprise, the company provides facilities management; manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain services to fuel its mission of creating employment for people with disabilities. PRIDE Industries also leverages its 55 years’ experience in inclusion success to provide staffing, recruiting, and inclusive workplace training certification for individuals and companies.

 

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is cultivating a new type of ecosystem centered around collaboration and sharing. The actions, available via CEOAction.com, showcase real-life examples of open and transparent conversations to cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplace environments. The addition of new signatories expands the impact of this work beyond the office to communities and industries.

 

The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is led by a steering committee of CEOs and leaders from Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, EY, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York Life, Procter & Gamble, and PwC. The coalition represents 85 industries, all 50 U.S. States, and millions of employees globally.

About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Bringing together nearly 2,000 CEOs of America’s leading organizations, the commitment outlines actions that participating companies pledge to take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known—and unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations. Learn more at CEOAction.com and connect with us on Twitter: @CEOAction.

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance services, custodial services, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment services, and staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment for people with disabilities. Through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day. Learn more.

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SMT & Packaging Magazine recognizes the social enterprise in the Contract Service category

Tony Lopez, Vice President, Manufacturing & Logistics Services at PRIDE Industries

Roseville, Calif. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PRIDE Industries has received SMT & Packaging Magazine’s 2021 GLOBAL Technology Award in the Contract Services category. Within this category, the social enterprise was recognized as a leader in engineering services and strategic supplier management. 

 

The prestigious GLOBAL Technology Award is designed to promote best practices in key areas including manufacturing quality, customer service, sales growth, innovation, and employee motivation. Award recipients were announced at a ceremony during Productronica, the world’s leading trade fair for electronics development and production, which took place in Munich, Germany.

 

PRIDE Industries is known for its technology and electronics manufacturing service offerings, which include Class I and II medical device manufacturing, cable and harness assembly, and full system integration.

 

“PRIDE Industries is honored to receive such an esteemed technology award in recognition of our contract services,” said Tony Lopez, Vice President, Manufacturing & Logistics Services at PRIDE Industries. “In the United States, we are the leading employer of people with disabilities, and this award proves the value of our inclusive workplace model to meet the unique business needs of competitive global companies.” 

 

PRIDE Industries’ broad range of customizable manufacturing solutions includes printed circuit board assembly and surface mount technology. In addition, PRIDE Industries’ deep experience in electronics manufacturing has made the company a reliable reshoring partner for those customers seeking to minimize supply chain disruptions, optimize fulfillment processing, and benefit from flexible, on-demand inventory schedules.

 

The GLOBAL Technology Awards have recognized the very best new innovations in the printed circuit assembly and packaging industries since 2005. This awards contest brings together the global SMT and advanced packaging industry in a celebration of the companies and people that are achieving the highest standards and driving the electronics manufacturing industry forward. Entries were submitted from equipment, materials, and EMS companies of all sizes.

 

“Thank you, Global SMT & Packaging Magazine, for selecting PRIDE Industries and spotlighting our high-quality manufacturing and packaging capabilities for global customers,” said Lopez. 

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance services, custodial services, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment services, and staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment for people with disabilities. Through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day. Learn more at https://PRIDEIndustries.com.

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The social enterprise has been recognized for recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans.

Roseville, Calif., (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh recognized PRIDE Industries as the recipient of the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Gold Award during a Veterans Day virtual ceremony presented by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Medallion Program is the only federal award that recognizes employers who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans. It was made possible by the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act), which was passed by Congress in 2017.

 

“PRIDE Industries is honored to be recognized as a U.S. Department of Labor HIRE Vets Medallion Gold Award recipient,” said Jeff Dern, President and CEO of PRIDE Industries. “We continue to strengthen our longstanding relationship with veterans, Wounded Warriors, and our many veteran referral partners. This award further validates our unwavering commitment to employing and assisting the men and women who have so bravely served our country.”

 

PRIDE Industries joins companies from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, who have shown a commitment to hiring veterans and ensuring they have a long-term career plan that allows them to leverage the diverse skills they acquired through their military service. Recipients of the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award meet rigorous employment and veteran integration assistance criteria. Companies are judged by their veteran hiring and retention percentages, veteran-specific resources, leadership programming for veterans, dedicated human resource efforts, and pay compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans.

 

PRIDE Industries recognizes that the experience veterans gain serving our country makes them valuable employees. The company provides job readiness, coaching, and employment placement assistance to hundreds of military veterans every year. Its many resources for veterans include a new I-AM-ABLE employment helpline [(844) 426-2253], a dedicated Veterans Liaison, and a Military Skills Translator tool that helps veterans match their skills and talent to a civilian career. In addition, PRIDE Industries can help veterans access paid internships, as well as mentoring and training programs. And to help other companies increase their hiring of diverse candidates, including veterans, last year the company launched its Inclusive Talent Solutions service.

 

“Veterans represent one of our nation’s richest talent groups, and this award really belongs to them,” said Dern. “These dedicated men and women not only volunteered to serve our country, but now continue to contribute by working in the civilian sector of our economy.

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance services, custodial services, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment services, and staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment for people with disabilities. Through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day. Learn more at https://PRIDEIndustries.com.

About the HIRE Vets Medallion Program

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is earned by businesses that demonstrate unparalleled commitment toattracting, hiring, and retaining veterans. The 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award application period will open to employers on Jan. 31, 2022. For more information about the program and the application process, visit HIREVets.gov.

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Roseville, Calif. — PRIDE Industries has announced the addition of Dr. Jennifer Camota Luebke as Chief Rehabilitation Officer. In this role, Camota Luebke replaces longtime executive Vic Wursten as he transitions into retirement in December. She will lead the company’s vocational rehabilitation programming strategy and operations as the company innovates new integrated, community-based employment pathways for people with disabilities. She will also oversee the company’s disability employment advocacy efforts. In this capacity, she will work closely with organizations that promote employment services as well as with state and federal legislative offices to influence employment policies that impact people with disabilities.

“PRIDE Industries is a pioneer in vocational rehabilitation and employment support services,” said Jeff Dern, President and CEO of PRIDE Industries. “Jennifer is an established leader with a passion for our mission. Her background in business, learning and development, and advocacy make her an ideal fit for our entrepreneurial culture.”

Experience in Business and Inclusion 

Camota Luebke has over 25 years of experience in senior leadership positions in a variety of industries. Her experience spans accounting and finance, learning and development, and sales and marketing within Fortune 1000 companies and higher education.

 

Camota Luebke has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and an MBA and doctorate degree in Education (Ed.D.) with a concentration in Leadership & Organization from the University of San Francisco. Her academic research was on leadership practices that inform inclusive learning communities. She has been an associate dean and leadership professor at the University of San Francisco and the Hult International Business School.

A Passion for Disability Inclusion

As the mother of a college student who has an intellectual disability, Camota Luebke strives to build a more inclusive world to which people of all abilities belong. In 2017, Camota Luebke received a Jefferson Award for Public Service for her volunteer work and academic research in disability inclusion. She is the co-founder of Ability Revolution, Inc., which advances authentic inclusion for people of all abilities in workplaces, educational institutions, and communities and a board member for All Belong Center for Inclusive Education, which equips private schools across the country to include students with varied abilities. Camota Luebke also served as the Advisory Board Chair for the Northern California chapter of Best Buddies, a global nonprofit organization which creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

As part of her advocacy work, Camota Luebke has produced independent films and videos to share the experiences of individuals with disabilities and their families. Her award-winning documentary called “You Can Be BRAVE” is about her bold advocacy for her son to participate in all areas of society.

“Virtually every waking minute of my life is spent doing something with and for the disability community. That’s my passion,” said Camota Luebke. “This world wasn’t built for people with disabilities. Joining PRIDE Industries allows me to focus full-time on creating a fully inclusive world and workplace for people of all abilities.”

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance services, custodial services, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment services, and staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment for people with disabilities. Through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day. Learn more at https://PRIDEIndustries.com.

 

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BiliDx system will detect infant jaundice in developing countries

Roseville, Calif. – PRIDE Industries, the nation’s leading employer of people with disabilities, has been selected as a medical device manufacturing partner by 3rd Stone Design to deliver a life-saving device for infants in developing countries. The social enterprise will accordingly build, assemble, and kit 3rd Stone Design’s newest product, BiliDx. This medical device measures bilirubin to screen for jaundice in infants. Additionally, the product’s high-quality, low-cost design enables it to be used in developing countries. As a result, its use helps to raise the standard of health care in those areas.

“We are so grateful to be working with PRIDE Industries again,” said Robert Miros, founder of 3rd Stone Design. “Over the past 10-plus years we have had many meaningful collaborations with PRIDE Industries which have allowed our business to produce medical products for newborns and mothers. These products have saved millions of lives.”

An Ongoing Partner for Medical Device Manufacturing

Previously, PRIDE Industries built and shipped another important health product for 3rd Stone Design—the Pumani CPAP. This class II medical device is a low-cost respiratory solution for infants in developing countries. With over 1,000 units in 35 countries, the Pumani CPAP tripled the survival rate of babies with respiratory distress syndrome. Additionally, the Million Lives Club recently recognized it for its impact in improving the lives of those subsisting on less than $5 a day.

 

“At PRIDE Industries, we feel honored to be part of 3rd Stone Design’s mission to save lives by designing and delivering essential medical devices,” said Tony Lopez, Vice President of Manufacturing and Logistics Services for PRIDE Industries. “Our workforce of people with disabilities love working on projects that help vulnerable populations around the world. The Pumani CPAP has had a huge impact wherever it’s been used, and I’m sure BiliDx System will as well.”

Saving Lives Across the Globe

Neonatal jaundice affects approximately 24 million newborns each year. In high-resource settings, tools to measure serum bilirubin levels are readily available. These tools, though, have proven too expensive and complex to implement widely in developing countries. 3rd Stone Design’s BiliDx System, however, is a low-cost, battery-powered reader. The device immediately measures serum bilirubin levels from a small drop of whole blood applied to an inexpensive, disposable lateral flow strip.

 

Now, as a result of 3rd Stone Design’s selection of PRIDE Industries as a medical device manufacturing partner, individuals with disabilities will help build, package, and ship these lifesaving devices.

 

“PRIDE Industries has been an extraordinary partner in helping us scale and produce specially designed medical products for mothers and newborns in underserved communities throughout the globe,” said Miros.

 

Hadleigh Health Technologies, a subsidiary of 3rd Stone Design, manufactures and sells the Pumani CPAP and BiliDx System. Find out more about the individual products at www.hadleighhealth.com.

About 3rd Stone Design

3rd Stone Design creates exceptional physical products that protect the health of people and the planet. We invent our own products and design the businesses to launch them, as well as partner with clients to bring their prototypes to market worldwide. With 15 years of deep experience, we specialize in global medical devices, renewable energy systems, and socially conscious consumer products. Learn more at www.3rdstonedesign.com.

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance, custodial, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment, as well as staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment for people with disabilities. Through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day. Learn more at https://PRIDEIndustries.com.

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The nonprofit social enterprise was recognized for its exemplary inclusive hiring and employment practices

Roseville, Calif. – At the recent Annual Forum held by the National Organization on Disability (NOD), PRIDE Industries was honored as a 2021 NOD Leading Disability Employer. The award was given in recognition of PRIDE Industries’ decades-long commitment to creating employment for people with disabilities, and its success in promoting its inclusive workforce model in multiple industries.

 

“As the nation’s leading employer of people with disabilities, we are honored to be recognized by the National Organization on Disability,” said Jeff Dern, President and CEO of PRIDE Industries. “We have a vision to create a world where people of all abilities have equal access to employment. For more than five decades, PRIDE Industries has proven that inclusion of people with disabilities is essential to a positive workplace culture and access to a larger talent pool, which creates a more productive and engaged workforce.

 

Since 1966, PRIDE Industries has partnered with hundreds of customer organizations and created employment for thousands of people with disabilities. These employees perform essential functions in multiple industries. They build electronic devices and medical equipment, maintain 13,000 buildings every day, and package and ship thousands of retail products. They balance the books in finance departments, troubleshoot in IT, and contribute to all facets of a company’s operations, including leadership.

 

It was PRIDE Industries’ work in advancing workplace inclusion that brought it to the attention of the NOD. PRIDE Industries was recognized publicly, along with several other companies, before an audience of hundreds of diversity and inclusion leaders from global companies at NOD’s two-hour virtual Forum. Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin kicked off the event with an inspiring keynote address, while comedian, actress, and disability advocate Santina Muha served as the emcee.

 

In her announcement of this year’s honorees, NOD President Carol Glazer emphasized the importance of recognizing every person’s talents.

 

“NOD’s mission is to ensure that no ability is wasted, that all Americans, including those of us with disabilities, have an opportunity for enterprise, achievement, and earnings; and that corporate America knows how to put our talents to work,” she said. “These winning organizations have stepped up and are doing just that. We want to applaud their leadership and thank them for their commitment to hiring and retaining people with disabilities.”

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance services, custodial services, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment services, and staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment for people with disabilities. Through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day. Learn more at https://PRIDEIndustries.com.

About National Organization on Disability (NOD)

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to increase employment opportunities for the millions of working age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD offers a suite of employment solutions, tailored to meet leading companies’ workforce needs. NOD has helped some of the world’s most recognized brands be more competitive in today’s global economy by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs. For more information about NOD and how its professional services, Leadership Council and Employment Tracker can help your business, visit www.NOD.org.

 

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