Unique specialty Cold-Chain packaging manufacturer expands its reach into government markets
We are one of the few companies nationally to qualify for HUBZone, WOSB, and DOBE certifications. Internally, we are proud of our Ability Employment Initiative of which over 20% of our entire workforce are those with disabilities …
Springfield, Mo. June 05, 2019 – Engineered Packaging, Inc dba Chill-Pak™, a Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) and Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), is proud to announce its acceptance by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a HUBZone-certified company.
“We are excited to obtain certification designating Chill-Pak™ as a HUBZone company. This embodies our continued commitment in providing employment opportunities in economically disadvantaged areas, more specifically in Springfield,” said Julie Kilgore, VP of Sales. “Our HUBZone designation will not only offer government-clients access to highly skilled resources, products, and services at competitive rates, but an opportunity to become a part of the Chill-Pak™ story.”
The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program encourages economic development and employment growth in distressed areas. By providing small businesses in urban and rural communities preferential access to federal procurement opportunities, the program promotes growth in areas with proven economic needs. Each year, the Federal Government has an annual goal of awarding 3% of all federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small business concerns. You can learn more about the HUBZone program at SBA.gov.
Stephen Foster, President adds, “We are one of the few companies nationally to qualify for HUBZone, WOSB, and DOBE certifications. Internally, we are proud of our Ability Employment Initiative of which over 20% of our entire workforce are those with disabilities stemming from my very own trials and tribulations of having a disability of being deaf since birth. Our agile culture allows us to not only cater to specific cold-chain packaging requirements of each client, but also address each of the unique needs of our employees empowering them to realize their full potential given the right tools and resources. I am looking forward to working closely with government clients and community partners in demonstrating that anything is possible.”
“Small businesses truly are the heart of our state’s economy. Not only do they provide good paying jobs for our friends and neighbors, but they have an intrinsic connection to our local communities. The HUBZone designation exemplifies that dedication to community by highlighting a business’s commitment to providing opportunities to regions of our state and country that that have historically been underutilized.”, states Scott Fitzpatrick, Missouri State Treasurer. “I applaud the SBA’s decision to designate Chill-Pak as a HUBZone-certified company, as well as Chill-Pak’s devotion to inclusive employment. I look forward to seeing the ongoing positive impact this new designation will have in Southwest Missouri.”
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