The Iowa Job Honor Awards, an initiative aimed at recognizing Iowans who have overcome barriers to employment, today announced its top honorees for 2016. 

Honorees in the employee category are Jeremiah Machuca of Clinton, who successfully found employment following his release from federal prison, and Michael Bean of Spirit Lake, who overcame a chronic drug addiction and is now successfully employed.

The awards were presented today in Sioux City during the Iowa Association of Business and Industry's annual Taking Care of Business Conference. Nominations were judged by a statewide panel.

In the employer category, Owner Revolution in Atlantic and the ReWall Co. of Des Moines were honored for their commitment to hire disadvantaged candidates, including people with developmental disabilities, past criminal convictions and histories of addiction.

"Iowa employers are seeking creative solutions to our labor shortage, and ABI is proud to sponsor the Iowa Job Honor Awards," ABI President Mike Ralston said. "By shining a spotlight on success stories, the awards will help us engage our state's untapped workforce."
 
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