HR Team

Glanbia Nutritionals HR Team Named a Winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award

We are delighted to announce that the Glanbia Nutritionals HR Team was named a winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the HR Team of the Year category in The 19th Annual American Business Awards® for its efforts and success in hiring and training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. 

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be virtually presented to winners during a live event on Wednesday, June 30.  

More than 3,800 nominations – a record number – from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories.  The winners of this prestigious award were determined by the average scores of more than 250 professionals worldwide in a three-month judging process. Individual criteria differ by category, but the emphasis is on the overall quality of the entry: the merits of the claims to innovation, integrity, effectiveness, creativity, growth, etc. claimed in the entry, relative to the judges' experience and their knowledge of the participant's industry, as well as the quality of the entry's content itself.

Speaking about the award, Nadia King, VP HR Global Supply Chain, said:

I’m truly proud of the collaboration, creative problem solving, expertise, and resilience that the team demonstrated to achieve this extraordinary accomplishment. Hiring and training 260 employees within such a compressed timeframe is challenging in its own right, but to have accomplished this within the ambiguity and constraints of Covid-19 is remarkable and was fundamental to MWC’s successful start-up.

Speaking about the award, George Chappell, VP Dairy Operations, said: 

Staffing a Greenfield site in of itself is very challenging. It takes a lot of planning and execution to: find candidates, screen, interview and support overall training. It’s a monumental task. Then, to layer in the complexity of doing all of this during the Covid-19 pandemic is nothing less than incredible! It takes professional people, great communication and well-orchestrated teamwork to deliver such a feat. Receiving this award is well deserved.

Speaking about the award, Dave North, Senior Site Director at MWC, said:

This is a well-deserved award for a team who have gone above and beyond during a challenging time to ensure that the project was a success. I can’t thank them enough.

The judges were highly complimentary of our success at MWC to date:

Incredible story! Congrats on the success of standing up a new facility and hiring that many people during a pandemic - with no incident! Great stats and story.

This volume of work, accuracy in performance, high standards and compatibility with results confirm the efficiency and effectiveness of the company's human resources team.

Glanbia Nutritionals’ human resources team that opened a new dairy production plant in St Johns, Michigan in 2020 had a lot of cards stacked against them. Interviewing thousands of employees virtually, creating social distancing during on-boarding and training, and convincing new hires that their offerings were better than the federal and state unemployment benefits. In the end, the team was able to get the workforce they needed and get the new plant's human resources operational even with Covid-19 barriers blocking them in many ways. This team is a great nomination for this category.

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