Goodwill of the Great Plains Boosts Recycling Efforts with the addition of State-of-the-Art Equipment
Goodwill of the Great Plains is boosting their recycling efforts with the addition of custom, state of the art equipment to their operations facility in Sioux City, IA. Annually, Goodwill recycles over 16 million pounds of material, keeping items that do not sell in their 21 retail locations out of the landfill and on to new uses.
Thanks to generous donations from the community, Goodwill sustains its mission through the sale of these donations. Goodwill takes pride in recycling a significant portion of donated goods that do not end up selling in their stores. “Goodwill’s priority is serving our mission while being a good steward to our donors and continue to reduce our environmental footprint” said John Hantla, President and CEO.
This new equipment could potentially bale up to 8 million more pounds of recycled materials annually. The benefits are efficiency, safety, higher output, and automation.
“The new equipment is truly a sight to see. It’s impressive to see how efficiently the equipment can prepare bales of textiles and other material to be ready for the next step in recycling.” said Vilay Keokenchanh, Chief Operating Officer. “What might take a week or longer to process can now be accomplished in one day.”
Goodwill recycles items such as textiles, leather goods, shoes, purses, stuffed animals, cardboard, and paper. “Goodwill is constantly researching new opportunities to recycle and further their positive impact on the local community and the environment” said Angie Washburn, Director of Operations.
Congrats to Demico, Retail Associate at our Sioux Falls Norton store, on receiving the GEM award. GEM Awards are giving to Team Members who go the extra mile and demonstrate excellent customer service, superb team excellence, process improvement and Goodwill spirit. Nominated by Klari, Job Center Representative “Demico goes the extra mile by making sure everyone is having a good day. If you ask him to look for something specific he will take the time to look for it. Demico always has a smile on his face and has positive words for everyone
Congrats to Oscar, Assistant Manager, at our Aberdeen store on receiving the GEM award. GEM Awards are giving to Team Members who go the extra mile and demonstrate excellent customer service, superb team excellence, process improvement and Goodwill spirit. Nominated by Maria, Regional Manager “Oscar was in charge of the store in Lorrie’s absence. During this time Oscar maintained positive sales and did what needed to be done to keep the store running in the right direction. There was not one situation that arose during this time that Oscar was not in control of. The Aberdeen store is truly blessed to have Oscar on the team. I truly feel Oscar did an amazing job during Lorrie’s absence.
Congrats to Krystal, Retail Team Lead at Sioux City (W. 4th St.) store on receiving the GEM award. GEM Awards are giving to Team Members who go the extra mile and demonstrate excellent customer service, superb team excellence, process improvement and Goodwill spirit. Nominated by Vickie, Store Manager, Sioux City (W. 4th St.) “Krystal helps train new associates and helps bring in donations on holidays even though she has plans with family. She always volunteers when help is needed. She never calls in sick and is always up for a challenge”
Congrats to Vickie, Store Manager of Sioux City (W. 4th St) store on receiving the GEM award! GEM Awards are given to Team Members who go the extra mile and demonstrate excellent customer service, superb team excellence, process improvement and Goodwill spirit. Nominated by Christine (Job Coach) “Everyday Vickie works alongside the participants in our training program. She has a gift of finding the perfect work tasks that match their natural abilities and challenges our participants daily. She gives each participant her time and attention no matter how she’s feeling or other work she has to contend with. Vickie has a special quality that makes her a pleasure to work with and she truly believes in our mission statement. It is great to see our participants grow and build on their skills while working in the store during their time in the training program.”