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Boone Center Inc.

ple who work harder and smarter than
so many others. We continue to grow
our workforce from those looking
for these opportunities to make their
mark. That's how we grow."
BCI's employee support specialists
(ESS) start with hands-on interviews
where new hires are trained and evaluated on three different production
jobs to find which is best suited to their
abilities. The specialists' goal is to determine where each employee would be
the most successful. "As our employees
become more familiar with their project, they are becoming more efficient
and catching defects," Spielberg explains. "As their skills advance, they can
move up and get more opportunities."
Every six months on the job, the employee sets a new employment goal
and ESS creates a plan to help them
achieve it. "When someone excels
here at BCI under our Organizational
Employment Services program, they
may choose a new goal of working out
in the competitive work market with
less support," Program Manager Cat
Woerner says. "In that case they would
be evaluated, coached and placed for

Midwest

employment under our Community
Employment Services program."
As employees age, BCI's ESS team
reevaluates their positions to ensure
they are still as successful and productive as they choose to be. "Typically, in
manufacturing it's black and white - if
you can't perform see you later," Spielberg says. "We have great partners
and put people where they will be successful. That model in manufacturing
could be applied anywhere."

Positive Energy
The culture at BCI is positive and upbeat, COO Jack Guthrie says. "When
you walk out on the floor, everyone is
smiling and proud of what they do no
matter what the job is from putting nail
polish remover pads in boxes to building mouse traps," he adds. "During our
factory tours, our employees will call
each person over because they want to
personally show them what they do."
"I don't know where the energy
comes from," Spielberg says. "After
lunch, they are all lined up ready to go
back onto the floor. They want to go
back because they enjoy what they

every six months, bci employees
set a new employment goal and
the company works with them
to achieve it.

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