The California Disability Services Association has named Unisource Worldwide Inc. the "2012 Employer of the Year" for its commitment to employing people with developmental disabilities.
Norcross, Ga.-based Unisource was nominated for the ward by by PRIDE Industries, the Roseville nonprofit that is one of the nation's top job providers for people with disabilities.
PRIDE has partnered with Unisource for more than 15 years, supporting the employment of about 150 individuals with significant disabilities.
Unisource employs about 50 PRIDE Industries clients with disabilities at its Sacramento facility, where the employees provide pre-assembly manufacturing services. It also partners with PRIDE for assembly and kitting services, creating work for up to 100 people with developmental disabilities at PRIDE's facility in the Natomas area.
Unisource is one of the largest privately held companies in the world, with more than 4,500 employees. It services range from distributing printing paper to logistics to e-business technologies.
CDSA is a trade association representing more than 80 community-based organizations that help Californians with developmental disabilities find meaningful employment, live independently and participate in a broad range of activities.