VPI Employee & Visitor Safety Updates – Face Coverings and Facility Visit Declarations

The safety of our employees, customers, families, and visitors remains Valley Packaging Industries’ (VPI’s) main priority. In an effort to keep all who enter VPI facilities safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, VPI requires all employees and visitors to abide by these health and safety measures.

MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS

  • All employees, vendors, and visitors must wear face coverings during all working times when on the production floor, in any of our warehouse facilities, and when in a room with two (2) or more people.
  • Valley Packaging Industries, Inc. (VPI) will supply face coverings.
  • If you use your own face cover, it must comply with VPI’s safety requirements.
  • VPI will continue to follow our other preventative measures:
    • Social Distancing
    • Sanitation Procedures
    • Hand Washing
    • Health Questionnaire Screening and Declaration (updated below)
  • We will review these and all safety measures on a regular basis and keep you informed.

HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE

VPI vendors, visitors, and employees returning from an absence must complete this health declaration prior to entering any VPI facility.

Please circle your answers below.

Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19? Yes No
Were you contacted by the City or County Health Department and instructed to quarantine? Yes No
A.   Skip if you answered No to the first two questions.   If yes to the question above and you did not have a test to determine if you are still contagious:

·       Have you been fever free for at least 72 hours; and

·       Have your other symptoms improved; and

·       At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

No

No

No

B.  Skip if you answered No to the first two questions.  If yes and you did have a test to determine if you are still contagious:

·       Have you been fever free for 24 hours; and

·       Have your other symptoms improved: and

·       Have you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

No

No

No

C.   If you answered No to the first two questions

·       Have you had a fever in the last 24 hours and did you use fever-reducing medicine? (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.)

·       Do you have any of the following:  a persistent cough, shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell?

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

If you answered “no” to any of the questions in boxes A or B, or “yes” to any question in box C, you will not be able to return to work or visit the VPI facilities until your symptoms are gone.

Have you traveled out of the country in the last 14 days? Yes No

 

If you answered “yes” to the traveling question, you may not be able to return to work or enter a VPI facility.  Thank you.

 

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Valley Packaging Industries, Inc. Awarded Grant from  

Kimberly-Clark Foundation

Valley Packaging Industries, Inc. (VPI) is the recipient of a grant award from the Kimberly-Clark Foundation for its Skills for Work, Success for Life! Employability Skills Training Program facilitated on the Kimberly-Clark (K-C) West Campus in Neenah, WI.

This program prepares young adults with disabilities and disadvantages to gain and maintain competitive, integrated, community employment. A key benefit of participation is the students participate in internship opportunities across several job types within the K-C environment. The program is offered during a traditional school semester and in a summer school format.

VPI skills instructors work with the intern’s K-C site mentors to support the students. Students experience mentor-based training, multiple internships, job coaching, classroom skills instruction, career planning guidance, and employment placement services.

Collaborative partners include Kimberly-Clark, local school districts, VPI employment specialists and skills instructors, the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), and community employers, after the students graduate.

VPI’s programs are significantly more effective in leading students with disabilities to competitive employment than those who do not receive these services. VPI’s graduate employment rate is > 70% (VPI, 2019) compared to the national 19.1% rate for people with disabilities (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2/26/19).

The 2020 grant award will provide for collaborative program funding and establish an ongoing scholarship, so one underserved student or young adult in need per term, and without other funding sources, will be able to participate in the program. The scholarship preference will be given to young mothers with children in need who have disabilities and/or disadvantages.

Valley Packaging Industries (VPI), a nonprofit organization, served more than 2,700 individuals and families with Rehabilitation Services programs and/or employment opportunities in 2019. VPI provides education, human services, and vocational skills training to Fox Valley residents with disabilities and/or disadvantages. VPI’s two production facilities provide custom packaging and manufacturing services to regional manufacturers to generate funding and training opportunities. VPI collaborates with funding foundations, educational institutions, community employers, and service organizations to accelerate rehabilitation service program growth.

For more information, contact: Lissa Marth at LMarth@vpind.com or (920) 749-5859.

State of Wisconsin Emergency Order #12 – “Safer at Home” and How this affects VPI’s Operations 3/24/20

Valley Packaging Industries (VPI) cares about you! All VPI employees make a difference to our clients and community.  VPI is a critical community provider for the individuals with disabilities we assist and the consumer products (personal hygiene, surface sanitation, disposables, etc.) we package.

Today, Governor Evers signed Emergency Order #12 – “Safer-at-Home” to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In this order, he identified essential businesses and operations that need to stay open to provide “essential products and services” during this public health movement. See the entire Emergency Order at this link: https://evers.wi.gov/Pages/Newsroom/Executive-Orders.aspx

VPI is an “essential business” as both product and service provider to our customers and community. We take this responsibility seriously. VPI is abiding by the CDC guidelines to ensure a work environment that provides the highest levels of safety, social distancing, sanitation, and hygiene practices for our employees and highest level of quality packaging services for our customers. Now, more than ever, we are a critical provider of product packaging services necessary for distribution to the masses.

VPI’s production services are in high-demand because we package products for personal hygiene, surface sanitation, and disposable use. We are hiring seasonal workers to join us now! We encourage all employees to share this opportunity with others. We offer flexible shifts and a fun production atmosphere with paid breaks twice a day. Open positions include performing simple one or two-step packaging or assembly jobs. Pay is based on experience. Please encourage applicants to click on our job postings to learn more and apply today online at https://www.vpind.com/careers/

Thank you for your teamwork and service to VPI and the community at large!

VPI Employee & Visitor Health Declaration – Announcement 3/20/20

VPI Visitors and VPI Employees Returning from an Absence:

The safety of our employees, customers, families, and visitors remains Valley Packaging Industries’ (VPI’s) main priority. In an effort to protect against the COVID-19 virus, we have implemented certain protocols. As an interim measure, we are asking all visitors, customers and employees that have been absent from work, to complete this health declaration prior to entering any of our facilities. This form is voluntary; however, you will not be allowed access to any VPI facility or workplace if you decline to fully respond. The data we collect will be used solely for purposes of preventing COVID-19 transmission and/or responding to a future COVID-19 diagnosis and will not be shared with anyone beyond those who reasonably need to know in order to apply VPI workplace safety policies, or as required by a public health authority or other such body.

Health Questionnaire

In the past 14 days, have you been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with or reasonably suspected of having COVID-19? Yes No
Have you been advised by a doctor, healthcare provider, or any public health authority to stay home or otherwise avoid contact with others? Yes No
Do you now or have you recently had a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other respiratory symptoms? Yes No
In the past 14 days, have you traveled to or connected through a location under CDC Level 3 travel advisory (please note that the level 3 travel may change rapidly but is currently China, South Korea, Iran and all countries in Europe)? *Refer to www.cdc.gov for up to date information on level 3 travel advisories. Yes No

Note: If you have answered “Yes” to any of the questions above, you will not be allowed on the site.

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VPI Employee Announcement – 3/18/20

To you, our valued employees: your health, safety, and well-being are very important to us – both at work and at home! Thank you for doing your part in taking steps to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus:

  • Call in sick and stay home if you are not feeling well or exhibit any of the COVID-19 symptoms communicated by the CDC (www.cdc.gov)
  • Engage in social distancing
  • Avoid mass gatherings
  • Increase your personal hygiene habits with the CDC’s (www.cdc.gov) guidelines for consistent hand-washing, sanitation, hygiene, and cleaning.

For those of you who call in sick and stay home, be sure to adhere to the CDC’s (www.cdc.gov) recovery guidelines before returning to work. When you are healthy and ready to return, enter through the main entrance of the VPI facility where you work. Let the receptionist know you are returning to work after an illness and need to connect with a Human Resources representative.

Since VPI recently upgraded the security system for the production facilities to contribute to your safety, your security badge will need to be re-activated and your credentials secured before re-entering the work site. Thank you for understanding and for your support!

We appreciate your teamwork in providing for a healthy and safe workplace, 

Tim Riebau, President

We, Valley Packaging Industries, continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation with attention toward our top priority – the health, well-being, and safety of our employees and customers. We have put in place a comprehensive plan with vigilant commitment to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/) and Governor Ever’s (State of Wisconsin – Department of Health Services) Emergency Order #5 – “Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 10 People or More” announced today.  The CDC guidelines and this State of Wisconsin Emergency Order are focusing on preventing the spread of the virus.

VPI has taken these communications seriously and has met and/or exceeded the CDC guidelines put in place related to sanitation, employee hygiene, facility cleanliness, and recommended social distancing with staggered break times and work spaces.

As a nonprofit organization, VPI facilities are EXEMPT from this emergency order. The Emergency Order #5 (prohibiting mass gatherings) is specified on The Wisconsin Department of Health Services website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

Two areas of exemption apply to VPI:

  • #6 – RELIEF FACILITIES – food pantries and shelter facilities, including Day Centers, for individuals and families
  • #12 – COMMERCIAL & NONPROFIT ENTITIES – point B – manufacturing, processing, distribution, and production facilities

Valley Packaging is a critical community provider for the individuals with disabilities we assist and the consumer products (sanitary, baby, feminine care, etc.) that we package. In this time of uncertainty, we are collaborating with our customers and adhering to CDC guidelines to ensure a work environment that provides the highest levels of safety, sanitation, and hygiene practices for our employees and highest level of quality packaging services. Since VPI’s services are in high-demand, and our business is preparing for its normal seasonal high, our production facilities are open, fully operational, and are hiring seasonal production workers.

We look forward to continuing our work with you.

 

 

We at Valley Packaging Industries (VPI) continue to monitor the developments related to COVID-19. As the situation evolves, our continued focus will be on the safety and well-being of our employees, their families, and our customers.

As stated previously, if you are feeling ill, please call in sick and stay home. In response to our nation’s public health emergency, the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/) provided specific guidelines to keep your health risk low and focus on preventing the spread of the COVID-19; please continue to follow these guidelines.

As for our business overall, we are in alignment with how our customers are handling this situation, and VPI is open for business at all of our facilities. The CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/) continues to characterize the risk of exposure to the American public as low, and we will continue to be diligent in the cleaning of our common areas.

Schools will now start to close throughout Wisconsin starting this week as an important preventative measure. As a result, we know some VPI employees may need to make new childcare arrangements, or may need a more flexible work schedule to make things work for them. VPI is committed to working with employees that may have unique needs in order to balance their work and personal situations.

Thank you for your understanding and your commitment to health and safety. We are continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and will provide updates as new information becomes available. This is a very fluid situation at this point, and we are committed to providing our employees and customers with updates as the situation evolves.

For the most up to date information from VPI, please log onto this BLOG https://www.vpind.com/blog/ for updates.

 

Valley Packaging Industries, Inc. (VPI) Board of Directors today announced that Pat Buckley will retire as CEO on March 31, 2020. The Board of Directors has appointed Tim Riebau to be the company’s next President & CEO, effective April 1st. Riebau currently serves as the President of VPI.

Rita McComber, VPI Board Chair, said, “the Board of Directors wants to thank Pat for the many contributions he’s made to VPI during his 11 years serving in various roles including as a volunteer, paid advisor, Chief Operating Officer and President & CEO. Pat’s leadership and passionate dedication to our mission have helped the organization significantly grow, expand both our rehabilitation services programming and business services, and put in place a strong employee and leadership team. While we wish Pat a long and happy retirement, we appreciate that Pat will continue as an active Board member.”

We are pleased to have Tim Riebau succeed Pat and continue his service to VPI in his new role. Tim has proven himself as V.P. of Operations through his high energy, effort and keen focus. He will bring similar commitment and expertise to this position. Buckley states that “Tim and I have been working closely together over the past two years, and I can tell you he is ready for this opportunity to lead VPI going forward. Tim is hard working, focused, and smart; he understands the business we are in and the customers we serve; and most importantly, he is extremely committed to our mission and the programs and clients we serve. Tim and his team will do an outstanding job moving forward.”

Buckley has provided board and management level advisory services to a number of companies and non-profit organizations in the Fox Cities area, including VPI, since 2009. Buckley’s relationship with VPI became more formal and ongoing in 2013; then in January 2014, he became VPI’s Chief Operating Officer before taking over as President & CEO in June 2017. Buckley noted that “I have really enjoyed my experience with VPI, and its team of employees, clients and customers. Our mission of serving those with disabilities and disadvantages, combined with an effective model, which promotes social, vocational and economic independence is both inspiring and motivating. I’ve enjoyed my time and believe we have built a great team of employees. With the tremendous support of our customers and other community organizations, I believe the organization is positioned for continued success!”

Riebau joined VPI as the Vice President of Operations in the summer of 2018. Prior to joining VPI, Riebau held roles as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Elevate97, Green Bay, WI (2015-2018); Vice President of Sales at J.J. Keller, Neenah, WI (2009-2015); and Senior Vice President of Customer Teams at Alta Resources, Neenah, WI (1997-2007). Riebau also has +10 years of experience in the paper industry. Riebau holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from UW Whitewater, and an MBA in Business and Management from Cardinal Stritch University. Riebau has served on numerous non-profit boards in his career, most notably with the YMCA of the Fox Cities where he served on their Corporate Board for +10 years, including a multi-year term as Board Chairman.

Valley Packaging Industries (VPI), a private non-profit rehabilitation center, was founded in 1956, and its mission is “To promote the dignity and worth of individuals who have disabilities or are disadvantaged and to assist them in developing their optimum level of social, vocational and economic independence in the community”. VPI provides a variety of education, human services, and vocational skills training to Fox Valley residents with disabilities and/or disadvantages. To generate funds and serve as a training platform, VPI operates two production facilities that provide custom packaging and manufacturing services to regional manufacturers. Last year alone, VPI served greater than 2,700 Rehabilitation Services’ clients with disabilities and/or disadvantages and +550 organizational employees, more than 1 in 3 of who face disadvantages every day.

 

 

Release:  6 January 2020

Valley Packaging Industries, Inc. Awarded Grant from  

U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation, Inc.

Valley Packaging Industries, Inc. (VPI) rang in the new year with a grant award from U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation, Inc. for its high school-to-employment transition services and programs.

These programs prepare young adults with disabilities and disadvantages to gain and maintain competitive, integrated, community employment. VPI provides high school students with intensive services and programs: VPI Summer Employment Skills Training, Project SEARCH (PS), and other individualized services on community employers’ campuses, ranging 2-12 months in duration.

VPI skills instructors work with Intern Site mentors to support the students. Students experience mentor-based training, multiple internships, job coaching, classroom skills instruction, career planning guidance, and employment placement services.

Collaborative partners include Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital, Kimberly-Clark, Appleton Area School District, Neenah Joint School District, VPI employment specialists and skills instructors, the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), and dozens of other community employers.

VPI’s programs are significantly more effective in leading students with disabilities to competitive employment than those who do not receive these services. VPI holds the license for and administers Project SEARCH (PS), as the only provider in Outagamie County. The PS graduate employment rate is 70.2% (WI DVR, 2017) compared to the national 19.1% rate for people with disabilities (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2/26/19).

The grant will help fund program growth to serve twice as many high school students with disabilities in 2020 over 2019.

Valley Packaging Industries (VPI), a nonprofit organization, served more than 2,700 individuals and families with Rehabilitation Services programs and/or employment opportunities in 2019. VPI provides education, human services, and vocational skills training to Fox Valley residents with disabilities and/or disadvantages. VPI’s two production facilities provide custom packaging and manufacturing services to regional manufacturers to generate funding and training opportunities. VPI collaborates with funding foundations, educational institutions, community employers, and service organizations to accelerate rehabilitation service program growth.