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Stanley Black & Decker Honored as Large Employer of the Year at Texas Workforce Conference

Date: Dec. 5, 2019

Media Contact: Cisco Gamez
Phone: 512-463-8556


AUSTIN – Stanley Black & Decker (SB&D) was named Large Employer of the Year at the Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) 23rd Annual Texas Workforce Conference held December 4–6 in Dallas. SB&D was nominated by Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas (North Central Texas) and chosen as the Large Employer of the Year from among three exemplary finalists, out of 21 large private-sector employers nominated. All nominees were recognized for contributions to their community’s workforce through innovation and collaboration with their Texas Workforce Solutions partner.

“Congratulations to Stanley Black and Decker, this year’s Large Employer of the Year Award winner, for their demonstrated commitment to the Northlake area,” said TWC Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Bryan Daniel. “Their innovative partnership with local Workforce Solutions offices to hire, train and invest in local workers supports the community and keeps our economy strong.”

Stanley Black & Decker (SB&D), located in Northlake, is a manufacturer of industrial tools, household hardware, and security products and locks. The company employs more than 175 workers at the Northlake site and plans to add another 200 by September 2020

 “Each year we recognize a large employer who demonstrates a commitment to Texas’ workforce by hiring and training skilled staff,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “When a local business closed its doors, Stanley Black and Decker opened theirs and made sure that talented, Northlake workers had a place to ply their trade.”

SB&D was a fully engaged partner with North Central Texas for its new Northlake site. SB&D Human Resources was offered office space at the Workforce Solutions Alliance office and hosted multiple interviews and hiring events that resulted in 100 hires made prior to SB&D’s grand opening in Northlake. SB&D’s positive experience with North Central Texas was one of the deciding factors in the company’s decision to move its Craftsman Manufacturing Plant to Alliance.

SB&D has used North Central Texas’ services for recruiting, hiring events, and youth career exploration events and has signed agreements for the Summer Earn and Learn and on-the-job training programs. The partnership was especially innovative and collaborative when another major employer in the area closed, leaving 35 individuals without jobs. North Central Texas Business Services employees arranged a meeting between the two companies. The cultures of both companies were compared, as were wage and benefit expectations. SB&D interviewed all 35 individuals and hired several on the spot. In the end, 32 workers were hired.

TWC is honored to recognize Stanley Black and Decker for being an exemplary employer and for their contributions to the local workforce and the Texas economy,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “The collaboration of Stanley Black and Decker and local partners exemplifies how employers can make a positive and long-lasting impact in their communities.”

SB&D puts a lot of effort into developing an employee-centric culture. Besides offering competitive salaries to its employees, the company is dedicated to providing opportunities for all workers and has a strong focus on diversity and inclusion as a part of its culture. The employee resource groups that are available to employees (for example, women, veterans, LGTBQ, and individuals with disabilities) are designed to support and further develop staff members in their current and future roles within the company. SB&D believes that when an employer invests in its employees, the employees feel more valued and in turn are typically more loyal to the employer, creating a win-win situation for everyone.

“We are delighted to be named the Large Employer of the Year by the Texas Workforce Commission. TWC has been instrumental in assisting SB&D with hiring events and interview space to help staff our new Distribution Center. We look forward to a positive continued partnership for future hiring, training, and community events. Stanley Black & Decker is proud of our diversity and inclusion and we are grateful that TWC values and appreciates our culture and desire to make positive changes in the world,” said Tracey Dickey, HR Manager at Stanley Black & Decker

Additionally, two other exemplary employers were finalists for Texas Workforce Solutions Large Employer of the Year. McLane Southwest was nominated by Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. The company employs more than 4,000 Texans and McLane’s flagship distribution center in Temple employs 774 full-time teammates, including 217 CDL truck drivers. Texas Mutual Insurance Company (Texas Mutual) was nominated by Workforce Solutions Capital Area. Texas Mutual is committed to the Austin area and its workforce. Texas Mutual partnered with Capital Area and local ABC affiliate KVUE to launch Trade Up Texas, an awareness and career exploration campaign featuring stories of Austinites enjoying productive careers in the skilled trades.

Each of the 28 local workforce development boards recognized a Local Employer of Excellence at the conference. The award honors an employer that is actively involved with Texas Workforce Solutions and has made a positive impact on employers, workers and the community.

Awards also were granted to local workforce development boards that provided outstanding services to Texas employers, workers, job-seekers and local communities. Additionally, monetary awards were given to the boards that were recognized for outstanding performance. Monetary awards will be used to enhance board service programs during the next year. The primary goal of TWC and its Workforce Solutions board partners is to respond to the needs of Texas employers through locally-designed, market-driven workforce development initiatives and services. All employers, workers and job seekers are eligible to take advantage of these services.



The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit www.texasworkforce.org. To receive notifications about TWC programs and services subscribe to our email updates.

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