Volume One Special Coverage: Pulling Together While Staying Apart


Larson Companies Wins Employment Award

V1 Staff

An Eau Claire-based company that operates hotels and restaurants has received a statewide award for its efforts to hire workers who have overcome employment barriers. Larson Companies, was one of two firms to receive a Wisconsin Job Honors Award from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, a statewide business group. After having difficulty filling some hospitality positions, Larson Companies worked with the state Department of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. This led to the creation of an eight-week in-house training program for housekeepers, the success of which has led to its expansion. “(People with disadvantages) seem to do a better job in many cases than people who don’t have any challenges,” said Dick Larson, founder of Larson Companies. “We look at results, and based on that these people are outstanding.” Larson Companies operates the Holiday Inn, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Clarion Inn, Green Mill Restaurant, and other properties in the Chippewa Valley.

Lasker Jewelers
Lasker Jewelers

Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

Lasker Jewelers

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

If your organization is interested in supporting Volume One during this difficult time, nick@volumeone.orgcontact us.