Tenneco, Robert Blackwell of Jeffersonville both received WorkOne Achievement Awards

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Tenneco, Robert Blackwell of Jeffersonville both received WorkOne Achievement Awards

INDIANAPOLIS (April 12, 2017) – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and its WorkOne Career Centers hosted their biennial WorkOne Achievement Awards on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Statehouse. The ceremony recognized the success of Hoosier employees and employers who have received services through WorkOne. Tenneco and Robert Blackwell of Jeffersonville, Ind., were two of 22 recipients who received an employer award and an individual award, respectively. Both recipients were nominated for the award by their local WorkOne center.

Tenneco, Clean Air, North America received a WorkOne Achievement Award for partnering with WorkOne to create employment opportunities for local Hoosiers.

Pictured left is WorkOne Business Services Team Lead Adam Clark, Tenneco Diversity and University Relations Manager Allan Outlaw, Tenneco HR Manager Evan Stall and DWD Commissioner Steve Braun.


Headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., Tenneco, Clean Air, North America is one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and distributors for clean air and ride performance products for the automotive, commercial truck and off-highway and large engine markets. Tenneco opened a new plant in Jeffersonville in the summer of 2014 with only two employees in a newly-constructed, empty building. Today, Tenneco has employed about 350 people and will soon be expanding its operations.

In the past year, Tenneco has taken advantage of nearly all of WorkOne’s services and has hired about 30 people through those services. Both Tenneco and WorkOne are taking steps to grow their partnership through expanded On-the-Job Training opportunities and WorkKeys testing.

Robert Blackwell received a WorkOne Achievement Award for overcoming several employment barriers and personal challenges, and for pursuing a better life for himself.

Robert Blackwell - Adam Clark

Blackwell was unable to attend the ceremony due to his new job in cross-country trucking, so accepting on his behalf was Clark.

Blackwell came to WorkOne as a homeless veteran seeking assistance in obtaining his CDL-A license. When he first came in to discuss training, he was living part-time out of his car and the rest of the time on the road. Blackwell completed training at the Truck Driver Institute, gained his license and currently works for TransAm Trucking. He now has a place to live and is doing well.


About Indiana Department of Workforce Development

DWD serves the worker and the employer to ensure workplace success. DWD is committed to innovating and invigorating Indiana’s economic future by providing WorkOne Career Centers, Unemployment Insurance, Labor Market Information, Regional Workforce Strategies and Professional Training. Through these services, DWD is able to develop a premier workforce that enables Indiana employers to flourish and entices businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana.

For additional information, contact:

Kayli Schroeder, 317-232-7358, kschroeder@dwd.in.gov

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