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New York State Industries for the Disabled Honors Oswego Industries, Inc.’s Custodial Worker for Outstanding Performance

Mike Miles, winner of the 2009 Joslin Award for New York State, takes pride in his work as a custodial cleaner for Oswego Industries, Inc.
Mike Miles, winner of the 2009 Joslin Award for New York State, takes pride in his work as a custodial cleaner for Oswego Industries, Inc.

SYRACUSE, NY – In a ceremony in Albany on September 21, New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID) awarded the 2009 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award to Mike Miles, a Syracuse resident who works in the Custodial division at Oswego Industries, Inc. A local ceremony will be held for Miles and his coworkers at the CNY DSO offices on Wilbur Avenue on Monday, October 19, during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“Anyone with a disability can achieve accomplishments,” said Mike in his acceptance speech at the Albany event. “If you can work, you should do so. It’s a wonderful feeling, the sense of achievement you can attain.”

Each year, approximately 50 candidates from across the state are chosen as “Outstanding Performers” for the Joslin Awards; from among these, NYSID chooses one to receive their top award, celebrating personal success in both the workplace and at home. Although many Oswego Industries, Inc. employees have been named as Outstanding Performers, this is the first time an employee has won this top honor.

<p>Mike Miles finishes his acceptance speech at the Joslin Award presentation in Albany, as NYSID President Ken Ringler looks on.</p>
Mike Miles finishes his acceptance speech at the Joslin Award presentation in Albany, as NYSID President Ken Ringler looks on.

In addition to having a strong work ethic and a perfect attendance record, Mike is popular among coworkers and customers for his friendly manner, good sense of humor, and willingness to help whenever needed. Mike also helps his neighbors at his apartment building, assisting elderly tenants and those with limited mobility by running errands, doing laundry, and walking with tenants late at night for security.

Oswego Industries, Inc. has built a reputation over the past 40 years for dependable and reliable service to its customers. Located in Fulton, New York, the organization offers a wide variety of manufacturing, warehousing, assembly, custodial, and shipping services to industry, medical, and government partners across the country. As a private, not-for-profit Community Rehabilitation Program, Oswego Industries, Inc. has been providing programs and services to adults with disabilities since 1968: including pre-vocational and vocational training, and sustained employment to enable individuals to grow with dignity and achieve their highest level of independence and self-fulfillment. Most recently, Oswego Industries, Inc. was named winner of the Chamber of Commerce Not-For-Profit of the Year Award for 2009. For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.OswegoIndustriesInc.com.

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  1. I HAVE BEEN MICHAEL’S BUS DRIVER FOR OVER 10 YRS AND HE HAS KEPT ME COMPANY FOR A FEW HOURS 5 DAYS A WEEK. HIS WIT NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME AND HOW WELL KNOWLDGEABLE HE IS ON A LOT OF SUBJECTS.

    HE SURE DID MAKE MY NIGHTS GO FAST AND ALWAYS MADE ME LAUGH EVEN WHEN THINGS WENT WRONG ON THE BUS.

    HE CALLS ME AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK TO CHECK UP ON ME HOPING I’LL COME BACK TO WORK FULL TIME. LOTS OF LUCK

    DICK LANCETTE

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