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AUTOPORT CORPORATION NAMED MICHIGAN EMPLOYER OF YEAR BY MICHIGAN COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND

 TROY, Mich., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Tom Turner, president of Autoport Corporation in Troy, was named Michigan's "Employer of the Year" today by the Michigan Commission for the Blind in Lansing.
 Ninety-five percent of Turner's employees have physical or mental disabilities, including blindness.
 Autoport, a Tier One supplier of exterior rear view mirrors for General Motors, is not a sheltered workshop and Turner is careful to point out that he is not a humanitarian, but a businessman.
 "I didn't hire my workers because they were handicapped; I hired them because they're good at what they do," Turner said.
 He cited consistently high product quality ratings as the reason he will continue to hire differently abled employees.
 "Every business is looking for employees who take pride in their work and turn out a quality product. A work force with excellent attendance, low turnover and high productivity can hardly be called handicapped. Hiring these workers is not an act of charity; it's a good business decision," he added.
 Autoport's 20 assemblers, who range in age from 18-50, work with 14 different components to produce over 80 percent of the leading style of exterior mirrors for GM's popular S10 Blazer, S10 truck and S10 Jimmy.
 Two of Turner's blind employees attach clips to a bracket assembly, feeling for defects with their fingertips before passing mirrors down the assembly line.
 Ray A. Doster, reliability engineer for General Motors, said, "The mirrors supplied by Autoport are of superior quality and workmanship. I can only say good things about the employees." Doster praised the employees as "professional people" and called them "outstanding" in controlling and eliminating defects.
 Turner, who founded Autoport in 1986, originally contracted with New Horizons of Oakland County, Inc., a vocational rehabilitation agency, for services in its sheltered workshop. When he opened his own facility in Troy, Turner offered private employment to about half of the workers who had provided him contract services through New Horizons.
 Both Michigan Commission for the Blind counselors and Michigan Rehabilitation Services workers have helped solve what few problems occur, Turner said.
 Linda Lifter, placement services manager at New Horizons, said, "Autoport's hiring was the largest in the 26-year history of our agency. Tom Turner provided the important transition from sheltered to competitive employment for his workers. He even arranged transportation for them. I wish we had more employers like Autoport that were willing to look at people's abilities, rather than their disabilities."
 Last year, Turner received an award from the Association for Retarded Citizens of Oakland County, naming him "Contractor of the Year."
 He was chosen for this year's Michigan Commission for the Blind award from among a statewide field of candidates.
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 /NOTE: Photos available. CONTACT: J.B. Dixson of Dixson Communications, 313-259-9770, for Autoport Corporation/


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