A Wheeling-based company received a special award from the FBI Friday morning to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in America.
The Ziegenfelder Co, along with others from across the country, received the Director’s Community Leadership Award at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our law enforcement community is committed to ensuring our safety in every sense. To be recognized as supporting their commitment to our safety by being open-hearted with our hiring practices is amazing,” said Lisa Allen, CEO of Ziegenfelder, in a press release.
“The safety of our communities begins with providing hope and opportunity to those who are or feel unwanted or marginalized. We know that a job can provide the sense of hope, contribution and opportunity to begin again. We are confident in the folks joining our tribe, and we can see first-hand the continuing success that comes from the commitment and connections we provide.”
Last week, Ziegenfelder’s was honored with the 2017 DCLA by the Pittsburgh Division.
According to a press release, the FBI said the company received the award “for their endless dedication and commitment to making the community a safer place by giving individuals an opportunity to overcome their past actions and, in the process, reduce recidivism. Ziegenfelder feels there are many inherently good people out there who previously made bad decisions, are incredibly bright, and if given the chance, will contribute positively to our community. As a result, Ziegenfelder strives to hire the best employees possible, and include in their new hires those who may have previous convictions, incarcerations or whom are recovering from the challenges of addiction.”
CEO Lisa Allen began the company’s Compassionate Hiring Initiative five years ago by hiring employees from an area halfway house.
She encourages other companies to hire with a similar compassionate philosophy, and would like to expand the company’s hiring program to include displaced refugees who are looking to start the next chapter in their lives.