Barber National Institute awards local manufacturing company Employer of the Year Award

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The Barber National Institute presented a special award to a local company for opening the doors of employment for people with disabilities.

The employee owned manufacturer known as Onex, was awarded the 2021 Employer of the Year Award.

Since 2019, Onex has hired two people with disabilities through the Supported Employment Program at the Barber National Institute.

James Miner of Erie is one of those three people in the state to win the Self Advocate of the Year Award presented by Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability.

“Just to see him like learn and grow and work hard and be determined right to fulfill his life goals, but my favorite part about James is his infectious enthusiasm. So when somebody is happy in the place of work, it makes other people happy too,” said Ashleigh Walters, President of Onex.

Miner was hired in February of 2020 for janitorial duties but has since received a promotion and raise joining his co-workers on the production floor.

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