Retail Skills Center Provides Staffing Assistance For Food Company’s New Elizabeth Facility

Breaking bread for Revolution Foods at their ribbon cutting ceremony is City of Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage. Also in attendance: Revolution Foods new staff members surrounding Kara Grieco, Director of Partnership Development; Lisa Miller, Revolution Foods Regional Manager, NY & NJ; and Gordon Haas, President of Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce. (Photo courtesy of Union County College)

ELIZABETH – With the assistance of the service provided by Union County College’s Retail Skills Center (RSC), Revolution Foods found qualified candidates for staffing their new facility on Dowd Street in Elizabeth. Of the candidates screened and referred to them by the RSC, Revolution Foods hired 20 of the 26 new members of their staff, all residents of Elizabeth.

Revolution Foods serves healthy food to schoolchildren at breakfast and lunch. They service charter schools in nearby Newark from their new operation in Elizabeth. Established by Kristin Richmond and Kirsten Tobey, Revolution Foods has operations across the country from California to New York. The Elizabeth facility is their second on the East Coast, having established their first one in Washington, D.C.

The process of locating candidates for jobs began in April. Joe Oliver, manager of the Retail Skills Center said, “We were introduced by the Elizabeth Development Company. From then until now we pre-screened candidates. We sent them 45 who demonstrated the necessary skill set and of that 45, Revolution hired 20 which equates to 77 percent of the candidates hired.”

The Elizabeth Development Company-Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) provides assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners to set up businesses, obtain loans, and identify locations in the city. Mario Rodriquez of the EDC called Oliver when it came time to begin the staffing process. According to Rodriguez, “Our experience with the RSC in the past has always been good. They are a valuable service to businesses in our city and to the residents in search of jobs.”

The RSC is a service provided by Union County College’s Industry-Business Institute. It receives funding from a grant from the City of Elizabeth through the Urban Enterprise Zone Program.

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