WAGSTAFF NOMINATED FOR EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
SPOKANE VALLEY, WASHINGTON, USA, November 20, 2018 - Wagstaff, Inc., was recently named a finalist for the “Employer of the Year” award, a distinguished recognition of a Washington State business who has implemented innovative job retention, creation, benefits, and compensation plans that foster a thriving work environment. The awards are presented by the Association of Washington Business, and the winners will be announced the Annual Evening of Excellence, November 28 in Seattle.
With more than 400 employees worldwide, Wagstaff strives to be an employer of choice in the Spokane area, in Washington State, and in the global aluminum industry. This is done through new programs recently implemented to bolster the employee experience at the company. These programs include options for employee health insurance, financial and physical wellness, continuing education, professional development, and community involvement.
The employee wellness program includes incentives to help employees make healthy choices in lifestyle such as stress management and regular exercise. An all-new onsite gym with treadmills, stair climbers, cycles, and weightlifting equipment was added in 2016. The company hired a professional personal trainer and offers incentives to participate in onsite fitness classes. Employees can reduce their healthcare costs by reporting workouts, engaging in wellness activities, and improving personal biometrics. This program has contributed to the overall health of the company by lowering employee and employer costs and by increasing the wellbeing of employees.
Wagstaff has been a long supporter of manufacturing careers at its plants in Spokane Valley, Washington and Hebron, Kentucky. Partnerships with local skills centers and high schools have begun an ongoing conversation in the community around careers in Manufacturing and STEM. Good careers are available in the manufacturing sector, and Wagstaff is making youth awareness and preparation for these careers a priority by hosting open houses, sponsoring events and facilitating Wagstaff manufacturing specialists to participate in local education at the high school and college levels.
A high-quality manufacturing and STEM workforce is vital to Washington State and to the Spokane and surrounding areas and is a priority for Wagstaff, Inc. It takes a multi-faceted strategy to deliver high-tech, industrial systems to customers in 58 countries from Spokane, Washington, and a cornerstone to that strategy is the people of Wagstaff. Wagstaff is fully committed to working alongside the local community on workforce development and education efforts, and will continually strive to create an exceptional employee experience.
About the Association of Washington Business – www.awb.org
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 7,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, more than 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.awb.org.