South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department

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Ruiz Foods receives Business Partnership Award

Kirk Sansbury (left), Company Trainer, and Dennis Beckley (second from right), Director of Operations, at Ruiz Food Products, Inc., receive the SCVRA Business Partnership Award from Joseph Thomas, SC State Agency of Vocational Rehabilitation Board Member, and Pamela Company, Florence VR Area Office Supervisor.

Ruiz Foods in Florence was recognized at the recent annual meeting of the S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Association, a support organization for the S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation Department (VR), which prepares and assists eligible South Carolinian with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment.

Since the start up of the Florence Ruiz Foods facility in November of 2015 more than 20 VR clients have been hired into manufacturing positions through the Skilled Workforce Apprenticeship Training program. Several have already received wage increases and Ruiz provides full benefits.

In addition to hiring qualified VR clients Ruiz Foods has participated in the Florence Area Office’s Open House, Disability Mentoring Day and helped sponsor events. They are a member of VR’s Business Partnership Network and Kirk Sansbury, Ruiz Foods Plant Trainer for Florence currently serves on the Florence Work Training Center Advisory Board.