BROOKVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) — A Brookville manufacturing company is on the forefront of employing people with special needs.
McGregor and Associates has been around for 41 years, and for nearly half of those years they’ve teamed up with the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities — the parent company for MONCO Enterprises — to put people to work.
For 20 years, McGregor has joined forces with MONCO.
“It makes me feel great,” said Matt Martin who has been working for McGregor for five years. “I put the tubes on the boards and I put the labels on the boards.”
The Brookville company initially started sending parts out to MONCO’s Dayton location; but when an employee who has a sister with a disability saw the potential of an onsite assembly line, the company started bringing workers into the facility instead of sending work out.
“First I’m taking some of these parts of these little metal things right here and have to glue them closely together,” said Josh Wilson, who like Martin has also been working with McGregor for five years.
Wilson does every job on the line, including teaching others.
“I’m a good helper,” stated Wilson.
“Usually I do pretty good at it. I do really really good at it,” beamed Martin.
Martin, Wilson, and others do work for Fortune 500 companies like Whirlpool. Job coaches are on site to supervise and make sure the right people are aligned with the right jobs.
“It makes us feel very special, but it also helps an often overlooked segment of society,” said Jim Bulach, President of McGregor and Associates.
Giving them a sense of purpose and self worth, it’s a win-win.
“There’s more confidence in just the way they carry and present themselves,” stated Bulach.
“All I can say is I do enjoy working here,” said Wilson.