Goodrich Honored as “Employer of the Year” for Workforce Development

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Goodrich Honored as “Employer of the Year” for Workforce Development

Charleston, W.Va. – Goodrich Sensors & Integrated Systems in Union was recently named an “Employer of the Year” by WorkForce West Virginia for their outstanding commitment to developing a skilled workforce. The awards were presented during the Building Workforce Success Together conference sponsored by the United States Department of Labor.

Goodrich is a global supplier of systems and services for the aerospace and defense industries. The company employs more than 300 people at its plant in Monroe County. Goodrich’s work is specialized, so the company provides on-the-job training to every employee.

"Goodrich uses the assessment programs we offer to help make sure they get the right employees to meet their needs,” said Russell Fry, acting executive director of WorkForce West Virginia. “It’s just one example of how Goodrich has utilized the services of WorkForce to strengthen their company.”

Goodrich plans to start a mentoring program to allow employees to interact with those at other company locations in order to improve their skills.

“Goodrich is well-deserving of this honor,” said Janet Shelton of WorkForce West Virginia, who nominated the company for the award. “The company offers employees an excellent wage and benefit package and the opportunity to have a career, not just a job.  Many people say they feel like they are part of a family when they work at Goodrich.”

Goodrich not only meets the needs of their employees, but the community as well. The company started a community volunteer program that allows employees paid time off to do community service projects. Those include landscaping at local elementary schools and teaching fire safety and flag etiquette to hundreds of elementary students. Goodrich also donates to several local charities including food pantries, libraries and fire departments.

WorkForce West Virginia is a cooperative effort to provide one-stop delivery of career services to job seekers, employers and other interested individuals. More information is available online at

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Pictured from left are: Russell Fry, Acting Executive Director, WorkForce West Virginia; Martin Greenlee, Director of Operations, Goodrich Sensors & Integrated Systems, Union WV; Janet K. Shelton, Manager, Greenbrier Valley One Stop, WorkForce West Virginia