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This story appears in the May 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The United States has long been a haven to immigrants and refugees, many of whom don't speak English but who need jobs while they learn the language and adjust to American life. Hiring these workers not only helps them get on their feet but, in this tight labor market, may also help you fill some badly needed positions, says Peter Bickford, human resources director for Barber Foods, a poultry processor in Portland, Maine.

Barber Foods has more than quadrupled its work force in the past decade. In addition to U.S.-born workers, the company employs people from Vietnam, Cambodia, Ethiopia, the former Yugoslavia and the former Soviet Union, among others.

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