Heartland Goodwill Enterprises (HGE) is a nonprofit organization established by Goodwill of the Heartland in 2013 to create jobs for people with significant disabilities through the  AbilityOne program.

AbilityOne is the largest source of employment for people with disabilities by providing and service to the Federal Government.

FACTS ABOUT ABILITYONE

75 %

Direct labor needed to be performed by people with significant disabilities.

46,000 +

Employed people with disabilities

3,000 +

Employed veterans and Wounded Warriors

500 +

Participating nonprofits including many Goodwill organizations

Heartland Goodwill Enterprises successfully manages 5 janitorial contracts with approximately 20 employees. Federal Customers include the General Services Administration, National Archives and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

GOODWILL TO LAUNCH VEGETABLE OIL PACKAGING VENTURE – FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN SEEKS $3 MILLION FOR START-UP EXPENSES

Jonathan Olson has joined Goodwill as Plant Director for its new vegetable oil packaging operation. Olson has a degree in biology and over 20 years of management experience in the food industry. He also has experience working with soybean oil and start-up projects. Olson is excited to be a part of the Goodwill organization. He said, “We will be making a product used to help people all around the world. In addition, we will be training and developing people to work in the food industry that would normally not be granted this opportunity. I get to help people, help the community and manage an exciting new start-up.”

The oil packaging operation is projected to create 40 jobs, both for people with and without disabilities. Goodwill will hire a Quality Director and a Maintenance Manager in early 2020 and begin hiring supervisors, quality technicians, oil receivers, material handlers and production workers soon after. Open positions and descriptions will be posted on www.workatgoodwill.com

Goodwill’s Vice President of Operations Jessica Schamberger said, “I’m most excited about creating jobs and watching people learn new skills on our automated line. I have a vision for the future of our packaging business, but it all starts when that initial steel can goes down the line and the first truckload of humanitarian food aid pulls away from our dock.”

Miron Construction was contracted to do needed facility improvements with oversight from Power Engineers. Exterior work is expected to be complete yet this year. Interior work will be done by late winter/early spring and will be followed by equipment installation.  The goal is to begin packaging by next summer.