Workplace Choice and Flexibility for Individuals with Disabilities Act
It's time to Speak Up for what we believe in!
A new bill, HR 5658, has been introduced to the federal government to assist people with disabilities. This bill will allow people to continue to choose their place of work to include places like Black River Industries. Currently, many states are choosing to interpret the Work Force Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) to disallow competitive work in a facility setting like ours. HR 5658 will more clearly define competitive work to include the hard work that people provide to their communities in organizations like ours. At Black River Industries, we believe that working to your fullest potential is great no matter where this happens if it is in our building or another local business. Your work is valuable and you should be able to make your own CHOICE where you work. Please take a minute to contact Congressman Duffy, or the person representing your area in the federal government, asking them to support HR5658 and the meaningful work we do at Black River Industries. We need your support to keep this valuable work service.
Please write your congressmen with a personalized story regarding the meaningful work that is done at BRI and facilities like ours, this will make a difference. If you have any questions or would like more information please call or stop in!
Please check out the below links for further information:
Our 2018 Golf Classic Fundraiser was a huge success! We couldn’t have asked for better weather as 80 golfers took to the course on June 22nd. Support for this year’s event was again overwhelming. We would like to thank this year’s Event Sponsor, Bill’s Tire & Service, along with the numerous Sponsors, Donors, and Teams. We couldn’t hit the course without their combined generosity. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to Brian at Tee Hi Golf Course, and our amazing staff for their dedication to making this year’s event another successful one! We couldn’t pull off such a great fundraiser without the support of our fantastic staff and wonderful community! We hope to see you all again next year!
We would like to extend a big "Thank You" to the Medford Knights of Columbus for their recent donation to BRI, along with The Special Olympics. Funds from these donations were derived from their Annual Tootsie Roll Fundraising Drive. We appreciate the ongoing support we receive from our local Knights of Columbus!
Pictured Left to Right: Knight, Larry Born; Don Tomczak; Bev Hamm; Knight, Chuck & Carol Northway; Kyle Hempel (Sitting Front); Donovan Poeher (Sitting Front); Ron Blackburn; BRI Director, Amber Fallos; Knight, Ben Egle
Plans are underway for our 14th Annual Golf Classic Fundraiser
Please join us on Friday, June 22nd, 2018 at Tee Hi Golf Course for our 14th Annual Golf Classic Fundraiser, sponsored by Bill's Tire & Service, Colby! We are looking for interest in both teams and sponsorship opportunities. See below, or call for more details on this great annual event!
We hope to see you on the links!
Employment First Bill is Signed by Governor Walker!
We are so excited to announce that the Employment First legislation has passed both houses and was signed by the Governor on March 28th, 2018. This bill originated in Medford with assistance from the Medford School District and Black River Industries. Representative Edming was the author and spent a lot of time working with other agencies to ensure that this bill expanded employment options without limiting the important CHOICE of work settings like BRI. We are excited that in the short notice we received we were able to put a small group together to travel to Madison for this important piece of legislation! Governor Walker signed the bill with two boxes of pens and everyone that witnessed the signing was able to bring home a pen and a piece of this historical signing!
Medford Represents in Madison!
It was a great day for the Medford Area to shine as the Medford School District Special Education staff and students, as well as BRI employees, spoke at the public hearing for both the Senate and Assembly last week. What an amazing day! The stories of people with disabilities achieving their goals to work and contribute to their communities literally brought tears from our state representatives. The Employment First bill that was presented and overwhelmingly supported may be accessed on a link on our social media. This bill is important to the employment of people with disabilities in community settings including Black River Industries. As a strong PARTNER with the community we are able to help people with disabilities achieve to their highest potential. It is great to see the school preparing students to be excited about work and to see adults motivated to do their best each day.
Employment First Bill
The New Year is starting off with some exciting legislation! Black River Industries has an extensive history of supporting people as they work here in our building and in our surrounding communities, so it only makes sense that BRI has been a key player in the new Employment First bill! Rep. James Edming has been working with many people to ensure that this bill supports employment of people with disabilities as they make personal choices about work in the community and in organizations like ours. Black River Industries has played a major role in the empowerment of CHOICE in this bill as we believe that all people have a choice in their lives. The Employment First bill encourages law makers, state departments, and communities to support employment for people with disabilities. The public hearing for the Employment First bill will be at the Capitol Building in Madison on January 10th, at 12:30 if you are interested in attending or watching on the Capitol's interactive live television. Medford Schools have space on their bus to Madison if anyone is interested please contact Amber for availability.
Need an easy gift for this Christmas Season?!? BRI is selling ready to gift Packers fan baskets, mugs and wine glasses! Purchase any one of the baskets listed below, details on each picture. Mugs and wine glasses are also available for $3.00 each. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, inquire on our BRI Facebook page, or call Kari at 715-748-2950.
We would like to extend a big thank you to the Rib Lake Knights of Columbus for their recent donation. This donation was derived from their Tootsie Roll Drive. We sincerely thank and appreciate their continued support!
Pictured is BRI Director, Amber Fallos (left) receiving the donation from Rib Lake Knight, Neil Olkives (right)
Soup, Sandwich, & Salad Fundraiser... a huge success!
Thank you to all who supported our Soup, Sandwich, and Salad Fundraiser on Wednesday, October 4th! It was a huge success! We had so many supporters say wonderful things about the contributions people with disabilities make to our community. It is always great to hear how people positively impact one another. The funds from this sale will be used to take everyone to Madison in support of the Employment First Bill that is currently being drafted. Employment is fundamental to who we are and we are so excited to show our abilities!
A big congratulations goes out to Laura Peterson of Sierra Pacific Windows who won our giveaway for (4) Green Bay Packers vs The Detroit Lions game tickets. Laura's name was drawn out of the bucket of people who purchased $10 or more at our Soup Fundraiser. Thank you to all of the customers who stopped by to support BRI. Also a big Thank You to Nicolet National Bank for their generous ticket donation and use of their parking lot!
We would like to extend a big thank you to the Gilman Knights of Columbus for their recent donation. We sincerely appreciate their on-going support!
Pictured is Business Manager, Stacey Marcott (left) receiving check from Gilman Knight, Bob Callahan (right)
Join us for lunch on Wednesday, October 4th
BRI is hosting a Soup, Salad, and Sandwich Fundraiser
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
@ Nicolet National Bank
Soups: Chicken Dumpling, Chili, Cream of Potato - $3.00 per bowl
Sandwiches: Chicken Salad, Egg Salad - $2.00 per sandwich
Salad: Side Salad w/choice of French/Ranch dressing - $2.00 per salad
Chips: Variety - $ .50 each
Water / Soda: Variety - $1.00 each
**Every customer purchasing $10 or more, will be entered into a drawing to win (4) tickets to The Detroit Lions vs The Green Bay Packers game on Monday, November 6th! **
Tickets donated by Nicolet National Bank
2017 Catholic Charities Bureau
Extra Mile Employee Award Recipient - Kari Leech, Administrative Specialist
We are so lucky to highlight our Extra Mile Employee, Kari Leech, for always going above and beyond for Black River Industries. The Extra Mile Employee Award recognizes outstanding individual employees of CCB who have distinguished themselves in their work as exceeding the required or expected performance. This award is given to people that embrace their jobs and take each opportunity to learn more. People that earn this award are interested in making a difference by helping wherever possible and utilizing their personal resources to help our mission. The Extra Mile Employee Award showcases these individuals as outstanding in our organization.
Kari has worked at Black River Industries for 13 years! She greets each of our guests and employees in the office with a smile and friendly face. Kari does her best to make our office efficient and well organized. She eagerly takes on new tasks and volunteers to help out as needed. Kari really took her dedication to a new level this year in making our Packers Tailgate Tour a success. She put her "Colts Pride" aside and gave the Packers a grand event. Kari worked many long hours to ensure that the event was a success and that Black River Industries would be known by our community for a well organized, fun event! Her attention to detail transformed our industrial building into party central entertaining over 1,300 people. However, this was no surprise to her co-workers as she is very dedicated to making each project at Black River Industries a success. She has been organizing our Golf outing for the past several years, each year adding a new special touch and creating a well organized event.
Kari received her award at a luncheon held in her honor at P&E Steakhouse on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.
L to R: Alan Rock, CCB Executive Director; Kari Leech, Award Recipient; Amber Fallos, BRI Director
L to R: Amber Fallos, BRI Director; Kari Leech, Award Recipient; Stacey Marcott, BRI Business Manager
13th Annual Black River Industries Golf Classic Fundraiser
Friday, June 23, 2017
Friday, June 23rd was our 13th Annual BRI Golf Classic Fundraiser. This year’s tournament was brought to you by Bill’s Tire & Service of Colby. We could not have asked for a better day. The sun was shining bright and the rain held off. There was great food courtesy of the BRI kitchen, lots of laughs, and some excellent golfing. This year we received a record number of Corporate Sponsors, 13 including: Nestle Pizza Division, Thrivent Financial, McDonald’s, Stetson Hardwoods, Newsline 9, Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics, K99/WKEB, Phillips Medisize, Forward Financial Bank, Country Forest Products, Catholic Charities Bureau, Schierl Tire Centers, and Peterson Concrete. We thank them for their Corporate Sponsorships to our event. We would also like to extend a big thanks to the 22 hole sponsors and prize donors, along with community volunteers, Lynn Malstrom and Dave Hraby. Some of our Board Members also attended our event whether golfing or helping out wherever they were needed, thank you to Cathy Miller Temme, Bob Bernklau, and Terry Nau. Of course we can’t forget to mention our 72 golfers who took their turns making drives and putts out on the course. And Lastly, Brian at Tee Hi Golf Course for helping us make this year’s event another successful one! All of these individuals are great supporters of BRI and we can’t thank them enough for their dedication to our company. This year’s tournament funds are earmarked towards the purchase of a shredder for our Production Department. This will help us keep up with growing demands.
We are excited to announce that Assembly Joint Resolution 51 supporting facility based employment and day services is going to the floor on Wednesday June 14th at 12:30. This resolution is supporting the ability for people with disabilities to maintain choice in their lives. Please contact your Representative today to let them know to support AJR 51. Our area Representative Mr. James Edming Rep.Edming@legis.wisconsin.gov is a coauthor if this resolution and fully supports our services. If you are unsure who your representative is or how to contact them simply google "State Representative for (your town)." To read the resolution and learn more please visit https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/proposals/ajr51. Thank you all for supporting our services!
Due to lack of interest, we will no longer be holding the 9 hole, evening portion, of our Golf Classic Fundraiser on Friday, June 23, 2017. The 18 hole tournament during the day WILL still be held. There are spots available so be sure to register before they are gone!
We would like to extend a big thank you to the Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus (KOC) for their extreme generosity. The KOC came to our Packers Tailgate Tour Event and ran their famous Tootsie Roll Drive. Shortly after the Packers event the KOC then held their annual Tootsie Roll Drive. The funds earned from each drive were donated to BRI. We are very thankful for the Knights of Columbus and for the our community's continued support!
Shown Left to Right: Mike Krultz, KOC; Amber Fallos, BRI Director; Tina Clark (front), Cindy Olejnichak, David Cummings (Back), Tom Roberts, KOC; Melissa Fierke, Chuck Northway, KOC
Available for Purchase:
Black River Industries
Packers Tailgate Tour
Commemorative Wine Glasses & Mugs
$5 per glass/mug
Call us at (715) 748-2950,
or inquire on our Black River Industries, Inc. Facebook Page!
Black River Industries invites you to this year's
13th Annual Golf Classic Fundraiser
Friday, June 23, 2017
at Tee Hi Golf Course in Medford, WI
Sign up for 18 holes of golf during the day, due to lack of interest we will not be hosting an evening tournament. You'll be sure to enjoy an event full of golf, good food, and great fun!
Not a golfer? No worries! There are other ways to support this annual event. Please see the list of ways to become a Sponsor or Donor...
* All Sponsorship packages include acknowledgement online and in newspaper ad.
* Other monetary and prize donations are always welcome for the event!
Amber Fallos at (715) 748-2950, ext. 226 or email@example.com
Kari Leech at (715) 748-2950, ext. 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Black River Industries, 650 Jensen Drive, Medford, WI 54451
Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour Wrap-Up!
Well, the Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour has come and gone. A lot of preparation and hard work went into pulling off this tremendous event. On Tuesday, April 4th we piled about 1,300 people into the walls of BRI. It was a great turnout full of community members, football fans, and dedicated BRI supporters. We could not have asked for a better day or a better crowd!
If you were one of the fans who came out that day, you would have enjoyed a full tailgate style meal complete with BRI salads and signature sides, McDonald’s Hamburgers/Brats, and Tombstone Pizza. Great booths from community members Associated Bank and the Knights of Columbus. A kid’s Titletown Fun Zone sponsored by Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics; equipped with inflatables, kids games, face painting, and prizes. Thrivent also was there hosting a football throwing contest and a photo booth. You could even pose for a picture by our huge helmet made of balloons. A friendly Tailgate Cook-Off Competition. Hundreds of people participated in a TV, gun, crossbow, signed football, and basket raffles. A chance for cash with a Money Mania Machine sponsored by WIGM & Wadal Plastics. During the course of the night music was enjoyed by the Wise Guys band. Of course the Packers were on site as well! Those Packers included; Packers CEO/President Mark Murphy; alumni Robert Ferguson, Ahman Green, and Ryan Longwell; and current players Aaron Ripkowski, Jake Ryan, and Brett Hundley. While they were on-site they participated in a question and answer session, threw footballs out to the crowd, and signed 600 autographs for $30 ticket holders. Before leaving they posed for pictures in the crowd. Everyone also had a chance to walk away with some BRI Tailgate Tour souvenirs such as; glass mugs, wine glasses, and sports water bottles.
We want to thank everyone for their exceptional efforts for our event. Thank you to the staff who logged so many hours making sure all of the details were in place leading up to the big day and the time put in there after; whether planning, decorating, or making food. Thank you to the volunteers who came and put in their time helping move things, manning the bar, food area, raffles, autograph line, VIP dinner, fun zone, garbages, and so on. Thank you to the drivers who shuttled guests back and forth. Thank you to the community sponsors and donors who sent over monetary donations, sent basket raffle items, and advertised for us. Thank you to the area businesses who allowed us to use their premises for additional parking. Thank you to Phil & Eleanor's Steakhouse for serving The Packers a mouth watering meal prior to the event. Thank you to Holy Rosary for hosting the VIP social hour. Thank you to the Green Bay Packers for taking interest in what Black River Industries is and what we represent. And thank you to the community for coming out to support us and help support our event! This event was successful because of all of you, so again… THANK YOU!
Thank you to the following community sponsors, donors, and supporters!
Associated Bank, Catholic Charities Bureau, Country Forest Products, Stetson Hardwoods, Gilman Corner Store, WKEB/K99
McDonald's, Nestle Pizza Division, Schultz's Auto Body, Bill's Tire & Service, Peterson Concrete, Forward Financial Bank
Nestle Pizza Division - Medford, WI; K99 WKEB/WIGM - Medford, WI; Catholic Charities Bureau - Superior, WI; Peterson Concrete partnering with Forward Financial Bank - Both Medford, WI; McDonald's - Medford, WI; Thrivent Financial - Colby, WI; Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics - Medford, WI; Country Forest Products - Withee, WI partnering with Stetson Hardwoods - Stetsonville, WI; Newsline 9 - Wausau, WI; Associated Bank - Medford/Green Bay, WI
Platinum Level Sponsors
Gilman Corner Store - Gilman, WI; Schultz's Auto Body - Medford, WI; Bill's Tire & Service - Colby, WI; Klingbeil Lumber Co. - Medford, WI;
Gold Level Sponsor
Klinner Insurance - Medford, WI
End Zone Level Sponsors
Medford Cooperative - Medford, WI; Abby Bank - Medford, WI
Red Zone Level Sponsor
J.R. Cabinetry & Construction - Medford, WI
Field Goal Level Sponsor
Taylor Electric Cooperative - Medford, WI; Perrin's Surface Solutions - Medford, WI
Safety Level Sponsors
Dixon Greiner Realty - Medford, WI; Nicolet National Bank - Medford, WI; Krug's Bus Service - Medford, WI; NBK Electrical - Medford, WI; Farmer's Union Co-op Transport - Stetsonville, WI; Wolf Brother's Sawmill - Stetsonville, WI; Broadway Theatre - Medford, WI; Time Federal Savings Bank - Medford, WI; Wipfli CPA's & Consultants - Milwaukee, WI / Minneapolis, MN; Taylor County Tavern League - Taylor County, WI
Please support these community businesses as they
support Black River Industries. This event would not be
possible without the support of our surrounding
If you are interested in donating in any way to this once
in a lifetime event please contact
Amber or Kari at 715-748-2950.
Tailgate Cook-Off Competition
Commemorative Mugs and Wine Glasses
For Sale at our Packers Tailgate Tour Event
The Green Bay Packers are coming to Black River Industries for the first stop on their 2017 Tailgate Tour! The Black River Industries Tailgate Party will be on Tuesday, April 4th from 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm, with Packers arriving at 6:00 pm. We are so excited to have them come to support BRI! Tour celebrities include President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Brett Hundley, Aaron Ripkowski, Jake Ryan, and Packers alumni Robert Ferguson, Ahman Green and Ryan Longwell.
Tickets for the event can be purchased starting on Monday, February 6th at BRI, Medford County Market, and Medford Cooperative Cenex Convenience Store.
There are two types of tickets for the event. A $30 Green Level Ticket will include admission to the event & activities, Q & A session, Packers souvenir, autographs, tailgate style meal and two beverages. A $10 General Admission Ticket will include admission to the event & activities, and access to the Q & A session.
CASH OR CHECK ONLY!
*$30 tickets are limited
Please call Amber or Kari at 715-748-2950 if you would like more information or would like to be a sponsor for this event!
$30 Green Level Tickets
On November 2nd, Neal Olkives presented a check to our Director, Amber Fallos from The Rib Lake Knights of Columbus. We are always grateful for the Knights’ kindness and generosity towards BRI and its programs.
Community Open House
Our Community Open House took place on Wednesday, September 28th and it was a huge success, Employment First Works at Black River Industries! We extend a big thanks to all of the community employers and supporters who came to see what makes BRI great. We wish to also extend a special thank you to Speaker Shannon Huff, representing the Wisconsin Employment First Grant from the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD). If your company has a job that Black River Industries can help with, please don't hesitate to give our office a call.
We would like to thank the Gilman Knight Of Columbus for their recent donation. The donation comes from their latest Tootsie Roll Drive. BRI would like to thank them for their continued generosity!
Pictured: Bob Callahan of the Gilman Knights and Amber Fallos, BRI Director
12th Annual Golf Classic Fundraiser
Black River Industries' held it's 12th annual Golf Classic Fundraiser on Friday, June 24th at Tee-Hi Golf Course. The weather was beautiful as 80 golfers took to the course for a fun-filled day of golf, food, prizes, and fun. This year we had the support of nine Corporate Sponsors; Nestle Pizza Division, Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics, Nicolet National Bank, Bill’s Tire & Service, Schierl Tire & Service, Catholic Charities Bureau, Peterson Concrete, Stetson Hardwoods, and Spiewak; and also 23 various Hole Sponsors and Donors. This year's funds will be used towards the purchase of a new medium sized bus for our Transportation Program.
First place in the men’s division went to the Peterson Concrete Team of Gary Graham, Tim Peterson, Marshall Kleist, and Don Wright. Second Place went to the Bauer Power Team of Jon Bauer, Bob Gibbons, Toby Anderson and Brent Hurlburt. Taking third was the Bill’s Tire & Service Team of Narda Lichtl, James Lemke, Justin Lemke, and Joel Leonard. The Mayer Accounting Team of Dan Mayer, Justin Mayer, Tom Roberts, and Clayton Roberts came in for the fourth place finish. The women’s division was won by the Forward Financial Bank Team of Molly Knoll, Jennifer Sobotta, Lindsey Mayer, and Ronette Lehman. Second Place went to the Reflections Hair Designs & Renewal Day Spa Team of Beverly Metz, Bonnie Bauer, LaVerne Johnson, and Ruth Stromlin. First place for the mixed division went to the Implant Dentistry Team of Kim Gowey, Lori Gowey, Don Krakenberger, and Tracy Platt. Second place went to the Bub & Goessl Team of Mike Bub, Lisa Bub, Dave Goessl, and Anna Goessl.
Women's Division Winners: Forward Financial Bank
Men's Division Winners: Peterson Concrete
Mixed Division Winners Implant Dentistry
We want to thank our friends at Sierra Pacific, who really spring into action when presented with the opportunity to build a flower box for BRI's park area. They were able to repurpose wood from their factory to make a beautiful wheelchair accessible flower bed. Sierra Pacific took it a step further and put the finishing touch of soil, vegetable and flower plants in the box.
Shown above are BRI employees with Sierra Pacific representatives Ted Dahl and Lance Dehne
The Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus held their annual Tootsie Roll Drive to benefit Special Olympics and BRI. The Knights are great supporters of BRI and Special Olympics and we wish to extend them many thanks for their gracious donations.
Shown is Medford Knight, Tom Roberts presenting a check to the Taylor County Special Olympics
Shown is Medford Knight, Tom Roberts presenting a check to BRI Director, Amber Fallos
We would like to extend our thanks to Carol Roush, who is pictured presenting Amber Fallos a memorial donation to BRI in memory of her husband, Gene. Carol shared wonderful memories of Gene. His support and love for the work that happens at BRI high amongst them. She also shared how grafeful their family has been over the years for the support of staff and friends at BRI.
Ken Burisek, RAM Award Recipient
A BIG congrats to Ken Burisek for receiving an award for the RAM (Rest Area Maintenance) program. Ken has been in charge of keeping up the waysides for 10 years. Ken and his crew do a great job each year. The crew will be starting up again on May 23rd.