Amsterdam company honored by agency

AMSTERDAM – The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities named Mohawk Sign Systems the recipient of the 2013 Works For Me recognition award in the Medium Business Employer of the Year category.

The award is presented annually to select employers throughout New York state that have demonstrated a great commitment to workforce diversity through the hiring of talented employees with developmental disabilities, the company said in a news release.

Mohawk Sign Systems is a third-generation, family-owned company with more than 65 years of experience manufacturing braille signs for the construction industry. The company was chosen based on the nomination that was submitted by Lexington Center.

One of Mohawk’s employees, Brandi Fox, has worked for seven years as a braille proofer, ensuring braille translations are accurate and code complaint, and her personality has been a delightful addition to the company, the company said in the news release.

Bettina Dill, president and owner of Mohawk Signs Systems, said the successful collaboration with Lexington Center made Fox’s integration into the workplace easy and effective, and she encourages other employers to take advantage of the opportunities and skills individuals with developmental disabilities can bring to an employment setting.

Fox and Dill will be honored guests at the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities’ annual Works For Me awards ceremony on Oct. 16 at the Huxley Theater at the New York State Museum.

The state OPWDD held a video and photo shoot at the company’s manufacturing plant in Amsterdam on Thursday to capture Fox in her job environment and interview her co-workers. The photo and video will be featured at the ceremony and published on the OPWDD website.