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New Avenues named Western Lake County Chamber’s “Organization of the Year”

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The Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce announced that New Avenues was the 2012 Organization of the Year for its business enterprise, Buckeye Industries. This is the second award that Buckeye Industries has received as it was the winner of the 2011 Social Entrepreneur Award from the Ohio Department of Development.
 
Buckeye Industries was chosen because it continues to create jobs for individuals with disabilities in Western Lake County as well as Northeast Ohio. Buckeye Industries currently employs fourteen individuals at the Eastlake facility recycling Styrofoam and cardboard. This provides them increased independence and gives them the ability to afford their basic needs.
 
The Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce recognizes that the development of services and products, specifically meant to be marketed and sold to their business community, is not a typical practice within the world of private non-profit organizations. Buckeye Industries is building a concept that offers distinct service streams to area employers, while at the same time providing employment to individuals with disabilities.

“We are proud to be named Organization of the Year,” stated Tom Lewins, Executive Director of New Avenues. “We are very grateful for the overwhelming response to the Styrofoam recycling business from the area businesses.”