We are thrilled to spotlight one of our outstanding Employment Partners – Flying W Plastics, Inc. – for being an Operation New Hope Second Chance Supporter. Creating opportunities to realize second chances requires support from employers who care about the community, and we thank Flying W for hiring our Ready4Work clients.
Flying W Plastics is a West Virginia-based manufacturer of polyethylene pipe products for water, gas, oil, sewer, geothermal, and conduit applications. They maintain their own fleet of trucks to provide customers throughout the United States and Canada with prompt and cost-efficient shipping and logistics support. Established in 1984, Flying W Plastics services a broad industry base, including oil & gas, municipal & industrial, telecommunications, commercial & residential construction, and more. Their success comes from their commitment to excellence not only in the products they manufacture but also in the service they provide customers.
Last year, Flying W Plastics invested $8 million in their new facility here in Jacksonville. They credit the success of their launch to their partnership with Operation New Hope. Since partnering with Operation New Hope, they have hired 15 Ready4Work clients, been able to fully staff their workforce, and note that their retention rate has improved by 50%.
We had the opportunity to tour Flying W Plastics’ new state-of-the-art facility in the northwest of Jacksonville and speak with Safety and Human Resources Director Nick Dent who shared that, “Working with Operation New Hope has been an absolute dream. They give us different candidates to choose from and we have never turned one down.” He added that, “Partnering with Operation New Hope better helps our community. I think everyone is better than their worst day and giving someone a second chance gives you a warm fuzzy feeling that is hard to explain. I would definitely recommend Operation New Hope to other businesses, especially if you are having trouble staffing. Operation New Hope is an entity that will get in, get their hands dirty with you, and will help you staff up your business.”
Flying W Plastics has not only hired our Ready4Work graduates, but has also referred participants to the program. When they learned that one of their team members was struggling with homelessness, they contacted us and worked out a solution to provide much needed support of transitional housing and wrap-around care from our team here at Operation New Hope. This type of partnership exemplifies what it means to be part of a City of Second Chances, and we are blown away by Flying W Plastics commitment to their people!
On our tour of Flying W Plastics, we were also joined by a news team from Action Jax News who produced a great spotlight featuring the successful partnership between the manufacturing company and local nonprofit organization. You can watch the full news story here.
We extend our sincere thanks to Flying W Plastics for being a company that cares about our community by being a Second Chance Supporter! Does your company want to become a Second Chance Supporter? You can learn more here or connect with us below.