Thursday, April 3, 2008
Marshall Industries hosts open house
By SUE WATSON
Guests streamed in and out of Marshall Industries Tuesday of last week in celebration of open house.
Operated by North Mississippi Regional Center, Marshall Industries is a sheltered workshop for adults with disabilities. Twenty-two adults work at the center which operates five days a week.
Last week, workers were repackaging soap for Marietta Soaps. Aged soaps are unwrapped and sent back to be chipped and reused, according to Vivian Elliott-Davis, with the center.
Some workers were folding instruction sheets for Parker-Hannifin products.
The sheltered workshops serve area businesses, industries and the local community.
Adults work by the piece, Davis said.
While some workshops specialize in any of 22 specific tasks such as custom packaging, upholstery, or assembly, businesses may use Marshall Industries for short runs, overloads, salvage work, year-round production of seasonal demands.
This helps businesses avoid start-up costs, increase productivity, and use existing floor space effenciently.
They save costly training time and enjoy a quick turn around on work orders.
Workers are supervised, well-trained and consistent in their production of quality assembly or services.
Fifteen counties in the North Mississippi Region have worksites. The program provides vocational training and real work opportunity to individuals with developmental disabilities as well as helping train individuals for jobs in the local economy.
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