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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 andrefugees, many of whom don't speak English but who need jobswhile they learn the language and adjust to American life. Hiringthese workers not only helps them get on their feet but, in thistight labor market, may also help you fill some badly neededpositions, says Peter Bickford, human resources director for BarberFoods, a poultry processor in Portland, Maine.

Barber Foods has more than quadrupled its work force in the pastdecade. In addition to U.S.-born workers, the company employspeople from Vietnam, Cambodia, Ethiopia, the former Yugoslaviaand the former Soviet Union, among others.

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