​​​​​​​​​Social Sustainability

is achieved through support of the following:

Brakebush Family Foundation  The Brakebush Family Foundation is funded with 10% of the company's profits per year. The Family Foundation's main mission is to spread the gospel and to meet the needs of the hungry, hurting and hopeless as well as supporting our local communities.

Food Donations  Donations are made to select groups such as Midwest Food Bank, Second Harvest, Feeding America, church camps as well as local and regional food banks. In 2019, over $325,000 worth of chicken was donated, totalling 312,000 pounds.

Orphan Grain Train  Since 1992, the Orphan Grain Train of Wisconsin has been housed at our Westfield location. In 2019, 39 loads of food, medical supplies, clothing, furniture, household goods and bedding/quilts were shipped to 13 countries; 16 to the Texas/Mexico border; and 10 domestic locations.

Employee Participation in Charity Events

  • Partner with Healthy Communities Healthy Youth of Marquette County (specializes in preventing substance abuse and violence)

  • Helping Hands program support which provides cash donations to employees in need because of medical issues, death of a family member or natural disaster.

  • 268 team members registered for on-site blood drives in 2019

Safety and Security

  • We have a multi-faceted security program which utilizes electronic security access to our facilities, camera surveillance and security personnel. All doors are locked and the entrances are electronically controlled

  • The security personnel, on-site 24/7/365, monitor and record all incoming truck traffic, and inspect all deliveries to ensure the safety and security of all delivered loads

  • Crisis management team is a cross-functional team made up of managers from across the organization lending a variety of expertise in the event of a crisis. A Crisis Plan has been developed with the help of experts in the field and is tested by means of mock drills.

Education and Training

  • A tuition/education reimbursement program is in place for all employees. 75% of books and tuition for general education or business-related coursework is reimbursed.

  • 37 Maintenance Technicians and 1 IT Service Desk Technician are enrolled in or have completed an apprenticeship program

  • Language/life skills learning such as Money Advice @ Work council and legal counseling available to all employees

Talent Management

Launched in 2017, the in-house Learning & Development accomplishments include multiple leadership and soft skills learning; workshops, individual coaching, professional development planning, feedback sessions, team building activities and a core leadership development program

  • 24 workshops were held across three facilities in 2019, with an average of 67 participants each round

  • We began our Train the Trainer program in 2018 to improve on-boarding processes and retention of new talent. 94 participants moved through the program in 2019

  • To date, 30 team members have moved through our Leadership Development program– an advanced in-house "leadership retreat" where we examine leadership style, approach and future planning

  • We have also completed or will complete "life skills" workshops on:

- Managing stress in the workplace

- Time management

- Dealing with difficult people

- Communication skills

- Emotional intelligence


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