PGT Innovations Acknowledged with Workforce Development and Innovation Award

July 19th, 2023 by Editor

PGT Innovations (PGTI) announced last week that it received the Workforce Development and Innovation Award. The award, from The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, was presented during this year’s 33rd annual Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Awards ceremony. This marks the second time PGTI received the accolade, including in 2020. The event honored 27 businesses across nine categories.

As the award recipient for the Workforce Development and Innovation category, PGT Innovations was recognized for being an organization that is committed to creating world-class career opportunities in its corporate home region, company officials said, with leadership understanding the importance of upskilling workers, creating access points to career pathways, and recruiting through education and outreach.

Rob Moulds, Vice President of Strategic Learning for PGT Innovations; Debbie LaPinska, Chief Customer Officer for PGT Innovations; Diego Perilla, Chief Operating Officer at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center; Jeff Jackson, President and CEO of PGT Innovations; Don Vichitvongsa, Vice President of Operations for PGT Innovations – Southwest Florida; Stephanie Cz, Corporate Marketing Manager for PGT Innovations

“It is truly an honor to be acknowledged again by The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce as we are always looking for innovative ways to provide advancement opportunities for our team members,” said Jeff Jackson, president and CEO. “At PGT Innovations, we believe talent is our most valuable resource, and we’ve worked hard to create a supportive work environment that provides extensive traditional and unique benefits and training options to help team members grow and thrive personally and professionally.”

In 2022, the company launched Coopey World, an on-site training center to help new team members acclimate to manufacturing roles, improve retention rates and create partnerships with local organizations.

Externally, PGTI has worked with area high school students through its Pathway to PGTI program, allowing students to train alongside mentors during their school day, while exploring potential career paths in manufacturing.

Last year the company was recognized by The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce during the 32nd annual awards ceremony with the Large Business Award.

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