Mission and History

The History of STEP Industries Inc.

STEP Industries, Inc. was the inspiration of an executive of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation. He learned that unemployment was often a problem for recovering people, especially for those new to a sober way of life. The stigma of alcohol and drug addiction, a negative work record, or a lack of self-confidence often causes difficulty for recovering alchohlics and drug addicts people in need of employment.

His solution was to marry this ready and able workforce with labor-intensive projects from Kimberly-Clark and other companies. A board of directors was formed and a bank loan was secured. Step Industries opened for business with eight employees in the fall of 1982 at 905 Chapman Ave. in Neenah.

STEP Industries has a branch operation in Milwaukee, which opened in 1998.

STEP became ISO 9001:2008 certified in 2006.

A New Work Force

Since our beginning in 1982, Step Industries has hired over 10,000 people in AODA recovery. The employees have a wide range of working backgrounds, from experienced professionals to those who have never had a job. At STEP Industries, negative work records are disregarded and second chances at renewing a work record are possible.

Most applicants come from halfway houses or treatment centers, referrals from probation officers, or from word of mouth within self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. The average length of employment ranges between three and nine months.

Most employees just need the support, guidance, and steady work provided by STEP Industries. The environment at STEP Industries allows for each employee to become self-sufficient, show personal responsibility, and gain confidence at their own pace; one step at a time.

Sales and Services of Contract Packaging

STEP Industries is a 501c3 social enterprise.  STEP funds over 90% of the job program through its contract packaging services. 

The Mission

STEP Industries, Inc. is a social enterprise, offering HOPE, to recovering alcoholics, chemical dependents and co-dependents; by providing vocational and personal growth. 

WPR Interview with Michelle Devine Giese -  click here to listen to the March 2016 interview.

Sounds of Recovery the STEP mission in work   click here  to listen to 91.1 The Ave Sounds of Service piece.

 Matt's story 

2015 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report 

Board of Directors

Michelle Devine Giese, President - STEP Industries, Inc.

Karen Laws, Chairman of the Board -  Community Advocate

Charles Gorham, Vice-Chairman - Gorham & Associates (retired)

John Pranica, Treasurer -Community Advocate

Tammy Hemmen, Secretary - Community Advocate

Cor Bosselaar - Kimberly Clark 

Jamie Loehnis - Mooring Programs

Preston O'Connor -Schreiber Foods 

Pam Sawall- Unisource

Katie Blohm - Epiphany Law 

Dale Hulce- Keller, Inc

Dan Haak, Vice President STEP Industries 

Kathryn Bloom - Epiphany Law, LLC

 

Cor Bosselaar - Kimberly-Clark