What's next for Kalix's workers?
As of Feb. 1, Kalix in Minot is no longer accepting most recyclables and workers from that program have been reassigned to different departments.
A total of 14 people were working in the now shut-down recycling program. Six of them still work in the shredding department. Three have been moved to the commercial laundry department. Another three have been moved to work as custodians under a contract with Minot Air Force Base and two have not reapplied.
The president of Kalix said they are still committed to employing people with disabilities.
“We are doing a lot more community employment. We're always looking for businesses that are willing to employ a person with a disability and we will provide job coaching and assistance in order to maintain that employment,” said Borgi Beeler, Kalix president and CEO.
Beeler also said they are glad they were able to find positions for most of their staff.