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Grand Rapids company helped create employer resource network

December 13, 2015
Lindsay Vanhulle

In the early 1990s, Fred Keller asked a machine operator at his Grand Rapids-area engineering firm who had a background in social work if it was possible to hire local homeless residents or welfare recipients.

At the time, Cascade Engineering Inc. wasn't facing a labor shortage. Keller, the company's founder and chairman, says he was motivated more by a desire to demonstrate that business could be part of a solution to lift people out of poverty.

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