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Inclusive Hiring: Labor Market Information | Berg Company

January 12, 2016

 

December 2015 Regional Workforce News


WDC Spokane
 
Regional Workforce Insights
Progressive Business Focus
Berg Promotes Hiring Individuals of All Abilities

Spokane Valley is home to one of the oldest companies in Washington State. For over 130 years, the Berg Company, which opened in 1883, has built their brand by promoting a family-like workplace culture. At Berg's 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility, approximately 240 employees produce remote shelters and other camp solutions. The Berg Company began operations by supplying tents and camp equipment to the railroads during America's westward expansion. They now serve both public and private companies, including the federal government and Doctors Without Borders. Their products are used around the globe, and to keep up with growing consumer demand, the Berg Company is expanding product lines and growing operations locally.

Berg's roots are deep in the Spokane Region; Berg supplied much of the tents and camp gear used in the aftermath of the Great Spokane Fire of 1889, which destroyed most of the downtown area.  Andy Barrett, Executive Director, explained that the strong regional workforce is one of the reasons they prefer this area. To honor their workforce, they believe in ensuring both a quality place to work as well as an environment that mirrors our own families. This includes employing individuals of all abilities. As can be seen in a  video produced by Hire Ability Spokane, Barrett lights up when he talks about one of Berg's employees, who happens to have a disability. Barrett  promotes the worker's abilities, drive, and motivation, and explains, "Some employers might tend to focus on someone's disability, but at Berg, we focus on their abilities." If you want to experience Barrett's enthusiasm the next time you see him around town, we encourage you to ask him about the company's hiring practices and values; he is happy to tell you how hiring individuals of all abilities is one the best business decisions they've ever made.  
 


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