Spokane Valley-based Wagstaff Inc. was recognized as Washington’s employer of the year Wednesday at the Association of Washington Businesses’ third annual Evening of Excellence in Seattle.
Wagstaff is a global leader in the aluminum industry and has “a laser focus on supporting its staff with compensation packages equal to or above market average,” according to the AWB. This includes medical benefits and bonuses such as an on-site gym. Wagstaff also partners with area schools and other groups to support workforce development for the manufacturing sector.
Inland Empire Paper Co. was chosen as this year’s award winner for leading environmental practices.
In business since 1911, the Millwood company’s continuous investment and innovation has solidified its reputation as one of the most environmentally friendly papermakers in the world, according to AWB. Along with being the sixth-largest paper recycler in the United States, the company has reduced its carbon footprint by 30,000 tons and natural-gas consumption by 500 million cubic feet per year.
Inland Empire Paper is owned by Cowles Co., which also owns The Spokesman-Review.
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