Waushara Industries, Incorporated
Waushara Industries, Incorporated, a non-profit work center providing employment and day services to people with disabilities, is seeking an individual to assume the duties of the Executive Director. This full time position is responsible for the daily operation of the facility. Job duties include developing programs, supervising staff, securing grants, and negotiating contracts. The Executive Director also oversees a Food Pantry. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.
Interested individuals can send a resume and cover letter to: Executive Director Job Search, P.O. Box 590, Wautoma, WI 54982. Job duties available upon request. Deadline for applications will be November 6th. 2015
Waushara Industries, Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer
The producers of the 20th Century Fox movie, "Joy," are spreading a different kind of joy among the employees of Algoma Mop Manufacturers this holiday season.
Mops created by the Algoma-based company's employees made their "debut" Friday in the Christmas Day movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper.
The movie is based upon the story of Joy Mangano, who overcame hardship and became an inventor and home-shopping entrepreneur, building a business dynasty that began with the Miracle Mop in the 1990s.
When the prop master (the person in charge of all props for a movie) couldn't find enough of the original Miracle Mops for the movie, she contacted Algoma Mop Manufacturers, a subsidiary of East Shore Industries, which employs more than 80 adults with disabilities.
The employees (known as clients) assembled more than 500 mops for the movie last winter.
"It was a top-secret project when our clients were working on it," said Tracy Nelson, chief executive officer of East Shore Industries. "Even our clients who were making them last winter didn't know we were doing them for the prop master at 20th Century Fox."
The prop master had searched for original Miracle Mops on eBay, but she only found about 30 of them, said Allan Wartella, director of sales for Algoma Mop.
"She needed mops in all stages of manufacturing, so she looked on the Internet for mop companies that could provide her with hundreds of mops and our name came up," Wartella said.
"We hit it off right away," he said. She was from Michigan and asked him if they were ice fishing yet in Algoma. He told her that he carved fish decoys for ice fishing and they both started talking about their aging parents in the Midwest, he said.
The board of directors of Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin has appointed Vicki Holschuh to serve as the organization’s president and CEO. Holschuh replaces Barbara Leslie who is retiring at the end of the year after serving Goodwill for nearly 45 years, including 22 years as the organization’s top executive.
Holschuh worked for Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin for 18 years. She held a variety of executive positions during her tenure, including her final position as senior vice president and chief retail officer.
According to Gary Johnson, chair of Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin’s board of directors, “Vicki is an individual with incredibly strong credentials who has helped the Milwaukee Goodwill organization grow into one of the largest in the nation. While helping to develop its strong retail program, Vicki has also never lost sight of the mission and values of Goodwill.”
Holschuh will begin her new position Dec.1.
“As we look forward to Vicki’s leadership, we know that Barb Leslie will be missed and long remembered for her tremendous contribution to the growth of Goodwill in this area of the state. She and her team have built a strong reputation and foundation for our organization that will serve us well in the future,” Johnson said.
Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin’s mission is to strengthen our community by providing supportive housing, employment services and other assistance to local residents with disabilities or other challenges. It, among other things, helps individuals with significant disabilities find and maintain employment in the community, provides temporary and permanent housing to individuals with chronic mental illness and operates a career center and work training program that are available to individuals with or without disabilities.
With 81 percent of Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin’s revenue generated through the sale of donated goods, its donation and retail operations are vital to the organization’s success. Goodwill operates donation centers and stores in Madison, Fitchburg, Monona, Sun Prairie, Fort Atkinson, Platteville, Portage and Richland Center. It also operates a donation center in Middleton.