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09/23/2021

Trex partners with vocational training program

NW Works provides training and job placement for physically and mentally disabled adults.
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Trex currently employs 14 NW Works clients at its processing and shipping facility

Trex Company, the manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing has partnered with NW Works.

Based in Trex’s hometown of Winchester, Va., NW Works is a nonprofit organization that provides vocational training and job placement for physically and mentally disabled adults. 

n August 2020, Trex became one of the many for-profit businesses in the region to partner with the organization, welcoming its clients as employees. Over the past year, these dedicated workers have filled numerous roles on Trex’s production team. 

The company currently employs 14 NW Works clients at its processing and shipping facility, where they help to assemble boxes for shipping Trex products and accessories to the company’s global network of distributors, dealers, and retail customers.

“We feel very fortunate to have these hardworking individuals from NW Works as part of our team,” said Zachary Lauer, vice president of supply chain for Trex Company. “The labor market is incredibly tight and competitive right now, so the employees who come to us from NW Works have become an essential part of our day-to-day operations.”

The jobs allow clients to remain active throughout the day and their work environment is clean and well-lit, with a noise level that is low enough to not be problematic for individuals with sensory sensitivities.

“Many of our NW Works’ clients have been with Trex since the beginning of our relationship and have told us that it is their favorite place to work,” noted Lauer. “That’s wonderful for us to hear because we love having them.”

According to Lauer, the contracted NW Works clients feel like part of the team because they are. Trex welcomes them in the same way as any other employee and includes them in all employee meetings, celebrations, and events. Further, the company pays them the highest wages possible without impacting their eligibility for federal and state assistance.

As Trex continues to expand production capacity at its Virginia facilities, it plans to grow its relationship with NW Works. The company anticipates at least doubling the number of clients it employs in the coming year.

To learn more about NW Works, visit nwworks.com.