CONTACT: David J. Tobiczyk, Vice President, Marketing & Development, 412-632-1942 or david.tobiczyk@goodwillswpa.org

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 21, 2015 – Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania today announced the winners of its 2015 Power of Work Awards, which honor employers and organizations for their efforts in support of workforce development for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Selected from over 130 nominees, this year’s winners are: 

Nello Development Group – Nello Development Group, a full-service general contractor based in Southwestern Pennsylvania, offers general construction, construction management, and design-build services to commercial, residential, and municipal clients. Nello Development, passionate about promoting the innovative potential of veterans and workers with criminal backgrounds as they pursue goals of employment, entrepreneurship and independence, created subsidiaries Zero Six Eight and the collaborative Work Pittsburgh initiative, which hires, trains, and empowers individuals with barriers to employment to build innovative and affordable “tiny homes” while gaining stability and success in their lives and careers. 

Pocket Nurse Enterprises® – Pocket Nurse Enterprises, Inc.® is a Pennsylvania-based, nurse-owned and -operated company providing medical supplies and equipment for healthcare education and simulation worldwide. In addition to making it a priority to train and hire workers with limited experience, challenging backgrounds, and other barriers to employment, Pocket Nurse also displays a strong commitment to offering continuing education, professional development opportunities and flexible accommodations to its employees.

Scalo Companies – The Scalo Companies, specializing in roofing for commercial, residential, and industrial clients, give back to the community by providing employment training and opportunities to those without skills or experience. By successfully building from the ground up a roofing training program open to individuals from many different backgrounds, the Scalo Companies are simultaneously helping a variety of individuals with barriers to employment gain marketable skills in the building trades while also helping to fill the gap in our region between open construction jobs and a shrinking adequately trained workforce. 

TAKTL – TAKTL is an innovative building technology designer and manufacturer specializing in green building technology and ultra high performance concrete used in architectural facades. With high-profile projects around the world, TAKTL is a young company whose success with providing innovative products and superior customer service is prompting the company to expand its workforce. TAKTL works with community partners to train, hire, and offer support to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, continuously providing opportunities for employees to grow both personally and professionally.

The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony and luncheon on November 18 at Heinz Field’s Hyundai West Club Lounge. Participating in that event along with representatives of the winning organizations will be Michele Fabrizi, President & CEO of MARC USA, the first woman to serve as Honorary Chairperson of the Power of Work Awards; Bill Flanagan, Executive Vice President-Corporate Relations for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Master of Ceremonies; and Frank Hammond, First Vice President at BNY Mellon, Chairperson of the Goodwill SWPA Board of Directors.

Goodwill created the Power of Work Awards program in 1997 to recognize employers and organizations that make a major, positive impact on the lives of people with barriers to employment by providing employment opportunities and support programs. More than 50 different employers and organizations have won the award. For more information on Goodwill’s Power of Work Awards, visit www.goodwillpowerofwork.org or contact Brittany Reno, Development & Special Events Specialist, at 412-632-1934 or brittany.reno@goodwillswpa.org

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About Goodwill SWPA

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified human service agency that is supported, in part, by its network of retail stores and other nonprofit businesses. It serves all of southwestern Pennsylvania and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill of Fayette County; Goodwill of North Central West Virginia; Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; and Goodwill Housing. Goodwill SWPA operates 31 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training and related services to help clients overcome various barriers to employment. It has over 1,100 employees and in 2014 provided services to over 53,000 individuals.