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STEP awarded WI Job Honor Award

Winners Announced for Inaugural Wisconsin Job Honor Awards.  The Initiative aims to employ disadvantaged jobseekers by celebrating “A New Kind of Hero” 


MADISON, WI 2/24/2016— The Wisconsin Job Honor Awards, a new initiative aimed at recognizing Wisconsinites who have overcome significant barriers to employment, has announced its top honorees for 2016. In the employer category, STEP Industries of Neenah and Milwaukee were honored for their commitment to hire disadvantaged candidates, including people with past criminal convictions and histories of addiction. Michelle Devine Giese, President of STEP Industries, echoes that observation: “People who have struggled and overcome something are a lot stronger than people who have not had to overcome something. They can become the best workers you’ve seen.”   In the past 30 years, STEP Industries has served more than 10,000 men and women in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.   

“We honor these employers who were willing to think outside the box and offer opportunity to more folks,” observed Lt. Governor Kleefisch, “Working together as government, employers, and workers, we can ensure every Wisconsinite who wants a job can find a job."  

 Lead sponsor of the Wisconsin Job Honor Awards is Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup. Sponsors for the February 23 celebration included Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and event host WMC Foundation. “WMC is proud to sponsor the Wisconsin Job Honor Awards to shine a light on people and companies doing extraordinary things,” said Kurt R. Bauer, WMC President/CEO. “There are many similar scenarios from companies across the Badger State, and we are honored to help tell those stories.”

Celebrating a birthday marked by sobriety

Post Cresent 

Sober Living House  WBAY Kristin Allen Jan 2015 

Giving back- Michelle and Laurie were pictured in the Post Crescent volunteering at the US Venture Open. Click here to read more about good things happening in the Fox Valley.

 Michelle At Venture

Nov 26, 2013 - Coach to aid in recovery of heroin addicts at STEP Industries.‎

Sept 23,2013 Labor of Love in Wisconsin , STEP Industries is featured in Post Crescent

STEP Industries marks 30 years of helping those in recovery

NEENAH-It was in 1982 when a Kimberly-Clark executive crafted a plan to mainstream those in recovery from drugs and alcohol addiction back into the community by providing them with gainful employment.

During the course of battling his own addiction problem, he came into contact with others in recovery and quickly realized that despite successful treatment, many could not regain their economic footing because their history prevented them from obtaining a job. Without that ability to re-enter the job market, many would relapse.

The executive realized the best way to remove the stigma was to provide transitional jobs that would allow the recovering person to prove their ability to hold a job while, at the same time, earn a much-needed paycheck.

The first job for the crew of eight employees, starting in November 1982, was sorting diapers.

Since that time, over 10,000 recovering people have worked at STEP Industries, now located at 1010 Strohmeyer Drive in Neenah. At that facility STEP contracts with several area industrial customers for packaging and assembly work and also has an electronic recycling operation.

In 1998 STEP opened a second facility in Milwaukee. The two facilities employ 60 to 100 people at any given moment.

STEP Industries and Vice President Michelle Devine Giese featured in the Business Section

Michelle Devine Giese, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of STEP Industries which offers training and transitional employment. Primarily takes in outsourcing work - mostly repackaging, inspections, reclaim, store display assembly and die cutting - from area companies.

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 STEP Industries, Inc.  is now Apricity.  Our new website is coming soon. 

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STEP Industries

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Celebrate a Birthday Marked by Sobriety, 


Women, Jan 2011.
Michelle Devine Giese leads Step Industries.
Moving in the right direction (PDF).