Sallisaw company hiring more Cherokees through tribal grant


Cherokee Nation Director of Economic Development Shane Kirby, Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor David Thornton, Cellofoam Site Manager Grant Olcott, Cellofoam CEO Greg Bontrager, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Tribal Councilor Janelle Fullbright and Cherokee Nation Career Services Employment and Training Specialist Michelle Sutton.

SALLISAW, Okla. — More Cherokee citizens are working at Cellofoam North America Inc. thanks to a partnership with Cherokee Nation’s Career Services that assists the company with an on-the-job training grant.

Currently the company employees 14 Cherokees, and four have already risen to a managerial role. The company hopes to increase the number of Cherokee employees to 50 by year’s end. The company in Sallisaw has about 70 employees total.

“We are committed to creating quality jobs for Cherokee citizens and growing the local economy at the same time,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Economic development in rural northeastern Oklahoma thrives when we are able to establish long-term partnerships that lead to viable employment opportunities for our people.”

The Cherokee Nation’s on-the-job grant is designed to help third-party companies train and hire more Cherokee citizens into the workforce. Through the grant, the Cherokee Nation pays up to half the citizen’s wages until deemed properly trained and ready to be hired on as full-time staff by the company.

Cellofoam Inc. produces foam products for pharmaceutical packaging and protective packaging. Production at the Sallisaw site will expand into rotational molding for flotation devices, plastic tanks, equipment covers and plastic moldings. For more information about the on-the-job grants call 918-316-1398.

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Julie Hubbard - 918-207-3896 

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