By Jo Schmeiser, CCGM Executive Director
The July Power Breakfast was hosted by Kent Sussex Industries (KSI) where Relationship Manager Mark Reeve, Director of Community Relations Alicia Hollis and Purchasing/Special Projects Coordinator Lynn Hammond shared the many partnership opportunities KSI offers chamber members and businesses world-wide.
If you’ve been living under a rock and are not familiar with KSI, they are a private non for profit vocational rehabilitation organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Their mission is “To assist people with disabilities in the pursuit of their potential in employment and meaningful participation in their communities”.
KSI offers many Contract Production Services including assembling, sewing, labeling, counting, packaging, bulk mail (which Mark mentioned bar codes will be a part of bulk mail soon and they know all the requirements already), bundling, light manufacturing, stuffing, just to name a few.
As you’ve probably heard KSI employee Kathy Jackson singing on Cool 101.3 and Eagle 97.7, they also offer Manufactured Cartridge Services. KSI offers quality toner cartridges, huge savings and a product that is environmentally safe.
New at KSI is their Day Habilitation Program. Participants who may not be currently working on a job have the opportunity to be a part of this program until they are called to work. Participants are pulled from the Habilitation Program often to work on a job, and are already on-site so they can go to work immediately providing quick, efficient service to all business partners.
KSI services businesses of any size, and offers the use of their facility on Rehoboth Boulevard as well as placing participants in your business.
KSI also provides transportation to participants in Kent & Sussex Counties, making it easy for both participants and employers.
Volunteer development is another way KSI help organizations in our community. They provide volunteers to many organizations, which in turn helps their participants gain skills to help them with future jobs.
Alicia says the word that best describes KSI is flexibility. She says with all the opportunities and services KSI offers both businesses and their participants flexibility is really what they’re known for.
Alicia, Mark and Lynn shared many examples of their flexibility during the Power Breakfast saying KSI will change their transportation time, participants work schedules, or anything else they need to do to cater to your business needs.
Tours of the facility are available by calling Alicia at 422.4014, or to learn more about Kent Sussex Industries, visit their website at www.ksiinc.org.
If your business is interested in hosting a Power Breakfast next year, contact Luanne Holland, from Delaware Hospice at 519.1075. For more information about the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford call 422.3344, or visit our website: www.milfordchamber.com.