Sierra Pacific Industries Shows Workplace Excellence

During the recent Regional Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo, the 5th Annual Nancie Payne Workplace Excellence Award was presented to Sierra Pacific Industries.  The Expo brought together the region’s five leading economic development agencies in early December to collaborate and focus on economic vitality and community development. 

The prestigious Nancie Payne Award recognizes companies demonstrating workplace excellence, and customer service, meaningful employee engagement, a constructive, diverse and progressive workforce culture that commit themselves to better business management practices to ensure successful mission achievement.

When presenting the Award, PacMtn’s CEO, Cheryl Fambles, said “Let me offer my personal heartfelt appreciation for the work you do creating a quality workplace for employees and for advancing critical workforce initiatives in this region.”

According to Sierra Pacific Industries’ Lisa Perry, “This award was a special honor for us.  One of the things we’re most proud of here at SPI is our employee development.  The ‘promote from within’ isn’t just a saying, it’s part of our core culture.”

Within SPI, there are many pathways to employment with entry-level positions, skilled trades training, college, and prior experience.  With each one of these paths, a crewmember can receive on-the-job and outside training that can lead to almost unlimited promotion potential.

At SPI, all four of the mill managers started in entry-level positions and now are running state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facilities.  These facilities include lasers, scanners, optimizers, robotics and in some cases artificial intelligence.  Mill Managers work with their teams to continually skill up to meet these ever-changing challenges.  

“We were humbled by the recognition of our nominator, the Mason County EDC, when they noted the work we’ve done statewide to educate the public about the wonderful opportunities that sometimes get overlooked in the skilled trades,” said Perry. 

Sierra Pacific is a family-held, family run company that produces high quality forest products in a sustainable manner. This includes four high tech, modern manufacturing facilities and about 300,000 acres of forestland managed in Western Washington.  The company employs over 900 crewmembers in Washington and over 5200 nationwide.

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