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.

Our team is passionate about our important human services mission in the community. Are you interested in making a difference? To submit an application, click on the Careers tab and complete the online application form.



Job Coach:

Location: Outagamie County

Part-Time: Scheduled hours will vary

Job duties include: Provides vocational and programmatic support to individuals both in-house and on community-based work sites. Assists the Case Manager in implementing and documenting individual rehabilitation plans. Communicates relevant issues and progress to the Case Manager.

Qualifications: Coursework in human services, plus one year of experience working with developmentally disabled or special needs individuals preferred. Knowledge of behavior management desirable. Must be able to work in a variety of employment situations. Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills and the ability to maintain confidentiality.

Starting wage: Based on experience


Substance Use Disorder Specialist:

Location: Outagamie County

Full Time: Monday-Friday

Job duties include: This person works as an agent of the county to facilitate case management services including but not limited to Referrals for services, Admissions to residential services, Processing funding for services, Consultation with Child, Youth and Family, crisis services, and other entities as needed. The SUD Specialist may provide treatment to Comprehensive Community Service (CCS) consumers with a substance use disorder. Works under the direction of a CCS Supervisor as required under DHS 36, and works within the State of Wisconsin scope of practice.

Qualifications: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or related field and certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC) or Licensed by the State of Wisconsin as a Clinical Substance Counselor (CSAC) through an accredited program. Minimum 2 years of clinical experience preferred. 

Starting wage: Based on experience


Production Worker – Appleton:

Location: 110 N. Kensington Drive, Appleton

First shift: Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Second shift: Monday-Friday 4:15 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. (Kensington Drive)

Job duties include: Count appropriate quantity of product and package into boxes, bags, and/or displays on the conveyor. Assemble corrugated displays as directed, shrink wrap finished displays and/or pack into cases, stack pallets, etc.

Must be able to: Stand for the entire shift, lift 15-30 pounds on a semi-regular basis, count accurately, be flexible in job assignment, be comfortable working alongside individuals with disabilities, and be available for overtime as needed.

Minimum starting wage: $8.00-$10.00/hour


Forklift Operator – Appleton:

Location: 110 N. Kensington Drive, Appleton

Second shift: Monday-Friday 4:15 p.m. – 12:45 a.m.

Job duties include: Under direct supervision operates the equipped industrial forklift or clamp to move materials in the warehouse region and to load and unload truck trailers or shipping containers. They are accountable for general maintenance associated with the forklift or clamp.

Qualifications: Minimum of 2 years of prior related experience in forklift operation. Experience with roll clamp and/or box clamp is preferred. Ability to operate in high speed and fast-paced environment. Good mathematical skills and the ability to read labels and numbers.

Minimum starting wage: $11.00-$12.00/hour


Production Worker – Waupaca County:

Location: Manawa or Clintonville

Third shift: (Manawa) Sunday-Thursday 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. (Manawa)

First shift: (Clintonville)

Job duties include: Count appropriate quantity of product and package into boxes, bags, and/or displays on the conveyor. Assemble corrugated displays as directed, shrink wrap finished displays and/or pack into cases, stack pallets, etc.

Must be able to: Stand for the entire shift, lift 15-30 pounds on a semi-regular basis, count accurately, be flexible in job assignment, be comfortable working alongside individuals with disabilities, and be available for overtime as needed. Dress code is food grade GMPs.

Minimum starting wage: $12.00 per hour for 3rd shift and $9.00 per hour for 1st shift


Certified Peer Specialist:

Location: Outagamie County

Part-Time: 1st shift

Job duties include: Engages and encourages mental health service recipients in recovery. The Peer Specialist provides service recipients with a sense of belonging, supportive relationships, valued roles, and a sense of community. The goal is to promote wellness, independent living, self-direction, recovery focus, enhancing the skill and ability of service recipients to meet their chosen goals. The Peer Specialist works with service recipients as equals, except in having more recovery experience and training.

Qualifications: Certification as a Peer Specialist required. Group facilitation or co-facilitation experience preferred. Both completion of Wellness Recovery Action Plan or another plan for self, and knowledge of how to run a group assisting service recipients in how to write their own Wellness Recovery Action Plan or another plan. 

Starting wage: Based on experience