Production Services Unlimited, Inc.
Established as a 501(c)3 non-profit business in the state of Ohio in 1971, Production Services Unlimited, Inc., or PSU has made significant contributions to enhancing the quality of life for individuals in Warren County who have developmental disabilities. Created by the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities (WCBDD), PSU employs adults enrolled in WCBDD programs. PSU secures contracts with local companies for in-house production and assembly work, and also collaborates with community corporations to place trained workers into paid employment positions.
The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities held public forums on May 2nd, and May 10th, 2016 to discuss Adult Services changes that will be happening at PSU due to the result of a new federal rule that was released in March 2014. WCBDD Superintendent Megan Manuel discussed the impending changes, the impact they will have on the agency, and how the WCBDD and PSU plan to address them. Click here to download a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation.
With approximately 150 people with developmental disabilities on its payroll, PSU holds a long-standing record of training individuals with disabilities to gain the necessary skills needed to obtain employment. Within PSU, the workforce assembles and packages various materials ranging from garage door kits to medical specimen bags from numerous organizations such as JIT Packaging, Inc., Tenant Packaging Corp., The Foundry and many others.
Workers at PSU also perform paper shredding, janitorial work, labeling and inserting, and various other jobs. With these skills, individuals have moved into paid employment positions with Kings Island, Kroger, The Breakfast Club, TJ Maxx, Pizza Hut and many other employers.
One of the many successful programs implemented at PSU is the creation of custom-made candy bouquets. Called Candy Bouquet Designs, the bouquets are assembled by gluing packaged candy onto skewers which are then fashioned with cellophane and arranged in containers that are decorated with crinkled paper and ribbons. These signature gifts are then sold to the public and local businesses. They range in price from $6 to $75. In 2013, workers filled nearly $20,000 in orders. Depending upon workforce and demand, more than 100 bouquets are created each month, which employ between 10 to 15 people each day in full and part time positions. A recent contract was secured with Guardian Savings Bank and Union Savings Bank to supply 1,100 candy bouquets to the banks’ employees over a one-year period. The candy bouquets are given to the bank’s employees on their birthdays. This contract is valued at more than $5,000.
In addition to providing individuals who have disabilities with a job, or job training, PSU is also successful in giving these people a sense of self-worth and a chance to lead active, independent lives. PSU instills within them a self-confidence, and then provides them with meaningful work and a productive way to spend their days. They are told they can do anything they set their minds to, and they begin to plan their lives without limits.
For information about Production Services Unlimited, Inc., please contact Mary O’Donoghue, CEO, at Mary.Odonoghue@warrencountydd.org