For the Production Technicians at Yavapai Exceptional Industries (YEI!), every day of the week is exciting: they enjoy coming to work and helping their production partners. Thanks to several new partnerships with local companies, things at YEI! have gotten even more exciting.
“There isn’t a lot of manufacturing here in town,” said Bill Loughney, YEI! Director of Industrial Services. “But most of them seem to find us.”
Brad Newman, Executive Director of YEI! agreed: “I’ve got to give props to the Yavapai College Small Business Development Center. They’re fully apprised of YEI’s considerable capability.”
When one local company came to the center looking for help, the people at the Small Business Development Center sent them to YEI!
“I always say, ‘When your homegrown business outgrows your kitchen table, garage, or craft room,” Newman said, “you need to come to YEI!”
YEI’s new production partners include:
- Terroir Seeds. YEI! Production Techs count and bag fruit, vegetable, and plant seeds for this Chino Valley-based company. Loughney estimated they’ve completed 45,000 bags since summer 2020.
- Body Bliss. So far, YEI! workers have put about 25,000 labels on caps, which Body Bliss, of Cottonwood, then puts on bottles of their products (soaps, lotions, oils, lip gloss).
- Outdoor Pack. This Prescott-based company sells vacuum-sealed game-dressing kits hunters can put in their backpacks. YEI! workers so far have assembled about 2,000 kits.
- On the Road Warehouse. YEI! workers assemble a variety of what Loughney called “touristy” products for this Prescott-based company. They assemble and put stickers on keychains, put magnets on the back of souvenirs, and put stickers on magnets.
Partnerships with new companies, Loughney said, “changes up what our Production Techs are doing every day.”
Newman echoed that sentiment: “The Production Techs at YEI! relish new challenges, job tasks, and skills to satisfy our customers’ diverse needs.”
YEI! Employment opportunities range from part-time to full-time and include assembly, bulk mail, fulfillment and packaging, and wood shop (where YEI!’s award-winning patio furniture is produced). Loughney said YEI! employs 95-100 guys and gals (full-time equivalent).
YEI! is a charitable organization founded in 1974 to support adults with disabilities living in the Central Highlands by providing them with job training, employment, volunteer placements, and support services. The “Developmental Employment” program at YEI! includes the award-winning “Community Contribution Corps” and has been continually accredited at the highest level of service by the National Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities since 1978.