Environmental Stoneworks named employer of the year

Rise, Inc. recognized Environment Stoneworks in North Branch as its Employer of the Year at its annual fundraising and awards event, Celebrate Rise!, held Oct. 11 at International Market Square in Minneapolis. Cory McKinnon and Tom Wilmet accepted the award with 450 people in attendance.

Rise’s Employment Innovations program in Lindstrom has partnered with Environmental Stoneworks and St. Croix Stone for more than nine years. Environmental Stoneworks, the only national manufacturer and installer of stone veneer on homes and businesses in the Upper Midwest and Western Canada, currently employs seven Rise workers in assembly, production, and janitorial positions.

(L to r) Rise’s Mike Harper and Jose Clemente, and Environmental Stoneworks’ Cory McKinnon and Tom Wilmet.
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As a private, nonprofit organization, Rise has been dedicated to helping ensure that people with disabilities and other barriers can work in the community, earn competitive wages, live safely and comfortably, and make a productive contribution to society since 1971. Rise’s Employment Innovations program offers career planning, training, job placement, and support services through its offices in Lindstrom, Mora, Milaca, and Cambridge.

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