Interim Commissioner Felicia Johnson joined community members to participate in the annual Walk and Roll event held by the Mayors of Spartanburg County Committee for People with Disabilities on October 12, 2017.
Interim Commissioner Felicia Johnson and Board Chair Dr. Roxzanne Breland recently enjoyed hands-on demonstrations of customized training initiatives in the upstate area that offer VR business partners flexibility in filling their workforce needs while providing VR clients with exciting career opportunities.
The SC Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities works with mayors’ committees and state and local agencies to bring greater public awareness to the many talents and qualifications of workers with disabilities and their positive impact on the workforce and our state’s economy.
Each year a number of South Carolina businesses are recognized for their exemplary practices in hiring people with disabilities and actively promoting disability awareness and workforce opportunities in the business community.
Jerald Grimes is a welder at Kobelco Construction Machinery in Moore, SC, where he helps to assemble the upper and lower frames of the 20 ton hydraulic excavators the company produces for worldwide distribution.
“I like welding, any kind of welding,” he says, excitedly. “I’ve been doing this for 31 years and love it.”
The components that Jerald welds fit together are big and require from three to six passes to weld.
“He’s one of my best welders,” says Jason Martel, Production Fabrication Supervisor at Kobelco.
The fabrication area where Jerald works currently produces one and a half frame assemblies per day and are ahead of their schedule.
“We ship one thing out of the plant and that’s a fully assembled excavator,” says Eric Holland, Human Resources Manager at Kobelco. Eventually, the company will produce eight different types of excavators ranging in size from 17 to 50 tons. “Right now, we’re producing one every two days. The next production goal is one a day. The capacity with one shift is 1,800 per year. That’s upwards of nine a day, or one an hour.”
The Spartanburg Area Office partnered with the Upstate Workforce Investment Board and Goodwill to facilitate a Poverty Simulator at the Middle Tyger campus of Spartanburg Community college on October 12.
Hilary Wells, Project SEARCH Job Coach, coordinated a community service project with Project SEARCH interns for a “Hospital Beautification Day” on November 15, 2016 at Spartanburg Medical Center.
Dawn Hamelin, Fiscal Specialist and Wellness Coordinator for the Spartanburg Area Office, challenged staff in the month of October to be “balanced.” Along with many helpful email tips for balanced lifestyles, including eating habits and exercise, she alsoeducated staff on how to “hold a healthy balance.”
Photos from the graduation celebration at the Spartanburg Work Training Center in May for students who are VR clients.