After funding cuts from the State of Indiana in July nearly forced ARC Industries to close, local businesses have since stepped up to offer new life to the organization.
ARC Industries is a packing, assembly, and distribution facility offering vocational training and employment opportunities to those with disabilities in the community, but that vision changed when cuts eliminated funding for Community-Based and Facility-Based Sheltered Work at the state level.
Because of these donations, those active in the organization will continue to receive vocational training and workforce readiness skills, while clients can still rely on the skilled workforce of ARC Industries employees.
The funding assistance comes several weeks prior to an expected layoff of roughly 35 employees within the Kotter Avenue location in Evansville.
The organization was founded in 1954 by a group of parents frustrated with the lack of training services for their children and young adults needing help transitioning into the traditional workforce.