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2020 Employer of the Year Award

2020 Employer of the Year Award

In honor of long-time Chair, Kent Olson, we bring you the 3rd annual “Employer of the Year” Award. This annual award pays tribute to an outstanding employer in North Central Wisconsin that has:

1. Supported the local workforce development system and utilized its resources
2. Built its skilled workforce through transformation and innovation; and
3. Embraced collaborative community and/or sector workforce strategies to help build the regional economy

This year, the Employer of the Year award goes to Ellis Construction.
Ellis Construction is a full-service construction company located in Stevens Point. The original company was founded in 1932 on the principles of honesty, integrity, hard work and quality by four emigrants from Sweden. At that time, Ellis Quarries, Inc. quarried stone for churches, schools, homes and other buildings. Since then, the company has gone through several changes and is now known as Ellis Construction. The company remains under the leadership of 2nd and 3rd generations to two of its original founders. Their original principles of honesty, integrity, hard work and quality remain intact and is at the heart of everything they do. You will see many of their projects in north central Wisconsin and beyond.
Ellis Construction is receiving this award today based on their involvement and commitment to workforce development as demonstrated by their partnership on a recent Fast Forward Grant that paved the way for 20 incumbent workers to increase their skills, as well as training 20 new hires. Ellis construction was also instrumental in bridging Youth Apprenticeship to Adult Apprenticeships, and a key player in NCWWDB’s WAGE$ Grant. Ellis Construction was also a key player in NCWWDB’s first certified Pre-Apprenticeship project in the construction trades.
Other partnership projects include their direct involvement in CWIMMA and its various K-12 initiatives toward workforce development. Ellis Construction continues to be involved in numerous community-based projects.
Today, we honor and thank Ellis Construction for their continued support in the community and in workforce development efforts.
Congratulations to Ellis Stone!

The Employer of the Year award was originally planned for a scholarship to be awarded to one student in the industry attending the technical college representing the area of where the employer is located. The Executive Committee expanded the scholarship opportunity to all three of the technical colleges. This means that one student from each college – Nicolet, NTC and Mid-State – will have a scholarship opportunity in the construction trades.