In the September/October issue of PKN Packaging News, Australia’s leading B2B publication for the packaging industry, Access Industries was featured as a top tier packaging partner who adds value to our customer’s brands, as well as our people.
Read some excerpts from the feature article…
”The company’s recently upgraded facility is equipped with modern packaging equipment which can handle blister packing, skin packing, bundle wrapping and shrink wrapping.
The upgrade is aimed at developing capacity in line with customer demand and providing additional opportunities for training and employment placement.
“What makes this company different, however, is that it is a not-for-profit, and around 50 per cent of its more than 500 staff are what they describe as ‘supported employees’, or those with a disability”, said operations manager Craig Coleman.
“A lot of our employees have been with us for a very long time, some up to 50 years,” Coleman adds. At the same time, he says, some employees ultimately desire to go into ‘open employment’, for which Access Industries prepares them by offering a supporting environment and the chance to integrate with non-disabled staff on the job.
“We are up there with the top packaging suppliers in Australia,” says marketing manager Carolyn Frichot, keen to highlight that the high level of training, coupled with high staff retention rates, ensures that the packaging service the company delivers is of a high standard.
Indeed, walking around the facility, one can see familiar household brand names on the packing floor. What really stands out though, is the fact that every single employee has a big smile on their face.