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The Seventy-Five Percent Back in 1980 when we started Chinook Enterprises, unemployment for people with disabilities was approaching seventy-five percent. Since then, we have seen major changes in the way the world works. Our communication can be instantaneous, our files are “virtual”–– they exist in clouds and on drives, and we can snap photos and video...
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If you are familiar with our organization, you likely already know that we take all opportunities to celebrate. We celebrate birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, achievements, awards and accolades. Basically, we take any and all opportunities to celebrate our people. We also celebrate our community. Last month we decided to make a year-end video as a way...
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Last month was National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which celebrates the many contributions of workers with disabilities. The campaign’s goal is to raise awareness about disability employment issues. So, what did we learn? Close to 70% of people with disabilities are not in the labor force  in any capacity. There are more than 10 million Americans...
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Sometimes when you least expect it, wonderful things happen to your business. Take what happened on a Tuesday morning back in 1989. I was in a staff meeting when my secretary came in and told me I needed to take a call, which was pretty unusual. But the call was pretty unusual too! The woman...
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Boeing Quality—Make it Personal Award Chinook Enterprises received Boeing’s prestigious “Quality: Make It Personal” award for the second time in two years. Boeing’s Fabrication division unveiled the award just two years ago to spotlight suppliers who achieve exceptional quality standards. Only one supplier per quarter can receive the award and Chinook Enterprises has won it...
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In the past 34 years at Chinook, we have done some things that worked out really well, and some things that, well, didn’t.  I am thankful for the former, and learned lessons from the latter.  One of the things that I think has really worked out well is structuring Chinook Enterprises as a business that...
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Chinook is honored to be able to announce that our Mount Vernon Production team has been awarded the annual Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA) for the third consecutive year. This achievement is given for maintaining a Silver or Gold performance rating in each of the twelve months of the reporting period, recognizing suppliers with superior performance. ...
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Recently, a national franchise notified Chinook that they were going to have to lay off two local supported employees due to “corporate streamlining”.  These two employees had worked for this business for 7 years and 4 years and did not have any documented performance issues.  Repeated attempts to save these jobs at the local level were unsuccessful...
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