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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Rusken Packaging and STAR Center Partnership

As October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Rusken team would like to take time to celebrate a successful partnership between our Jackson, TN facility and STAR Center, also located in Jackson, TN. Since 1998, STAR Center has provided services for education, employment, and quality of life for all ages and needs with the central goal of helping any person with any disability realize their full potential. The Rusken team is thrilled to be a small part of the STAR Center’s outstanding work in achieving its goals in helping disabled individuals find success in the working world.

As production has recently ramped up for our team, Jim Baker, the general manager of our Jackson, TN facility, recognized a need for more employees on the production floor to help meet our customers’ demands. Jim reached out to Ray Holder of the STAR Center to inquire about available personnel ready to work and grow with the Rusken team. Soon after, Ray identified two individuals who could potentially be a good fit and were sent over for an interview. Make no mistake, the interview process with Jim and his team was just as involved and in depth as any of Rusken’s standard interviews, and these two individuals displayed they were a good fit for the Rusken team.

Fast forward 5 months, and these two individuals have been successfully working at our Jackson, TN site, and Jim couldn’t be happier with their work ethic and fit with Rusken’s core values. “We hire teammates here that we enjoy being around. We have core values at Rusken, and I knew that teammates here would be more than accepting of individuals who are ready to work and be a part of our team.” Part of the STAR Center’s mission is shifting their team members to an integrated workplace with individuals of all walks of life, disabled or not. There’s no questions that Rusken’s partnership with STAR Center has been mutually beneficial, as our new hires have been an integral part of the team and have aligned well with our core values- earnest, savvy problem-solver, and a can do spirit.

Rusken looks forward to continuing its partnership with STAR Center, building on this success as we continue to grow. Please join the us in celebrating both National Disability Employment Awareness Month and STAR Center for their exceptional work in helping those with disabilities truly realize their potential.

To view the full interview with Jim Baker and the STAR Center, click here.

About Rusken: Rusken is a dynamic, modern integrated packaging company with locations throughout the Southeast United States. With thirteen (13) facilities in seven (7) states, Rusken is a forward-looking regional organization. Headquartered in Cullman, Alabama, Rusken has experienced exponential growth over the last decade. This success is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, focus on family-based values and a commitment to a truly remarkable customer experience. From standard corrugated boxes to highly customized packaging solutions that require robust design-work, colorful printing and hand finishing, the good people behind the Rusken name are passionate about quality, delivery and customer smiles.