USA: Midamar Corporation Receives Employer of the Year Award

Midamar Corporation was honored to receive the “Employer of the Year Award” for Eastern Iowa, from Systems Unlimited Inc. System Unlimited provides opportunities for people to gain employment and live full rich lives as contributing members of the community. Midamar has employed several individuals with developmental and other disabilities – providing people with the opportunity to gain experience and meaningful employment. Midamar as a company has also benefited from hard working and dedicated employees provided by Systems Unlimited.

From left to right: Yahya Aossey Midamar Director; Bill Aossey Midamar Founder; Devon’s brother, Corey Boyd; Devon Boyd-employee receiving a Milestone Award; Devon’s father, Mike Boyd; Mike Wakefield; Jalel Aossey Midamar Director.

“Midamar is a great partner and the people we bring to work at Midamar are great employees,” said Michael Wakefield of Systems Unlimited Inc.

Iowa City, IA – October 31, 2012

Midamar Corporation was honored to receive the “Employer of the Year Award” from Systems Unlimited Inc. at its 2012 Awards Ceremony in Iowa City, Iowa. The award was given in appreciation for Midamar’s efforts to employ and retain people with disabilities at its corporate offices and warehousing facilities in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Systems Unlimited, Inc. is a non-profit corporation serving people with disabilities and other challenges throughout Eastern Iowa. Their mission is to offer personalized services within local communities which help people improve their quality of life. Midamar has placed several individuals supported through Systems Unlimited in various positions within the company.

“Our organization helps people to live up to their fullest potential,” explains Michael Wakefield of Systems Unlimited. “Midamar is a great partner and the people we bring to work at Midamar are great employees.”

Midamar Director Jalel Aossey agreed, adding “We often hire people with developmental disabilities, like autism. They are excellent, hardworking employees who are meticulous when performing tasks like packaging and labeling. Our experience with the employees placed by Systems Unlimited has been very positive.”

Established in 1974, Midamar was the first food company in the USA to coordinate with USDA in the development of Halal standards and processes in USDA inspected and approved processing facilities. Since then, Midamar has become a globally recognized Halal Brand and leading exporter of USA produced Halal protein products. Locally produced Midamar products are available at Hy-Vee Stores.

“Our experience with Midamar has been wonderful. Midamar has hired 12 people with disabilities from our organization in the past year and a half. They gave people a chance to work constructively, to contribute to society, as well as to build confidence and experience. Many have stayed at Midamar and others have moved on to accept other positions. They have given people a first and second chance to enhance their lives. This is why we are honoring Midamar with the Employer of the Year award,” added Wakefield.

“Being a local food company, we are doing what we can to provide employment opportunities for people in our community with developmental disabilities like Autism. I think employers will be surprised by how committed and productive people are when they are given a fair chance to perform,” Aossey added.