PARKERSBURG - Michael Rine, who works in SW Graphics division of SW Resources, has a lot to smile about these days.
He is the recipient of the State Work Center Employee of the Year Award.
Rine has worked at SW Resources about two years. SW Resources is a private, nonprofit organization providing vocational services and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Photo by Pamela Brust
Cutline: Michael Rine, who works in SW Graphics division of SW Resources recently received the State Work Center Employee Worker of the Year Award. Rine is shown at SW Resources with his plaque.
The agency, headquartered at 1007 Mary St., also received the Outstanding Large Rehabilitation Facility Award. The honors are awarded through the West Virginia Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.
"For us, receiving these awards is like assurance of success that we are serving those with disabilities in the best way possible," said Sammy Burdette, vice president of development and rehabilitation at SW.
"Michael has a quick smile, a good sense of humor and is well liked and respected by his peers and staff. His duties are countless. He has grown into one of SW Resources most valued workers," Burdette said of Rine.
One of 12 brothers and sisters, Rine works in the graphics department, working on signs, name tags, engraving, making banners and doing sign installations.
"We do all kinds of jobs including vinyl window lettering. We recently did the architectural lettering on the middle schools. I enjoy the job I do and I enjoy the people I work with very much too. I have a great job," Rine said.
Rine said he was surprised when he was told he'd won the award. He and his parents, along with several SW staff members, recently made the trip to Charleston to receive the plaque.
"Michael was grinning from ear to ear," Burdette said.
"I'm keeping the award in the box for now until I decide where I want to put it," Rine said. "I was really surprised, to say the least. It makes me feel really good. I feel good about the work that I'm doing."
Burdette noted there are 32 workshops in the state and there can be multiple nominations.
When he's not at work, Rine is into music. He builds and plays guitar and was pursuing a music career before coming to SW Graphics. He said he still enjoys music and spending time with family.
Rine has the distinction of being the first client/employee to play in SW Resources' annual golf tournament.
"He's really a pretty good golfer," said Gloria Cox, chief executive officer for SW.
"I am extremely proud of Michael and of this organization, who we are, and what we do, and those we work with; it's a pleasure to work with this group. We are pleased and humbled to receive these honors. Michael has made tremendous progress since he's worked here. He's really come out of his shell, with encouragement; it's been wonderful watching the changes in him, seeing him grow both as an individual and a worker," Cox said.