South Central Industries held its dedication and ribbon cutting of its newest expansion in providing vocational services to individuals with developmental disabilities in the Shawnee area on Friday. The building at 204 N. Louisa is located directly across the street from South Central’s south campus. This building was purchased in November of 2015 and underwent extensive renovations. Many local, state and regional foundations and individuals donated financially and in-kind to help transform this historic locale. Those donors participating in the dedication and ribbon cutting included: The Avedis Foundation, Arvest Bank, The Fleeta Greenwood Trust, Junior Service League of Shawnee, First American Title, OG&E, OBU Football Team, Central Disposal and Terry & Jo Newell. Other community leaders, South Central Board Members and civic organization representatives were in attendance to tour and participate.
Built in 1929 as the original Ford Motor distributing plant, the 22,000 square-foot building now serves as the main warehouse and distribution center for South Central’s product line ranging from paper products, trash can liners, gloves, personal hygiene items, bottled water, dinnerware to socks and undergarments. The new location also houses an assembly room, a cafeteria, office space and a store that sales the above-mentioned items in smaller quantities. South Central’s south campus located at 130 N. Louisa provides vocational opportunities such as pallet construction and recycling. A new Activity Center is located at 111 N. Kickapoo that provides a daily book exchange and activities including arts & crafts, jewelry making, exercise classes, puzzles and games. In addition to the work opportunities on-site, South Central clients also are employed throughout the community in janitorial services at local businesses, litter and city beautification work for the City of Shawnee and Tecumseh and volunteer work at Meals on Wheels, Mother’s Day Out and the Community Market.
Established in 1980, South Central provides vocational training and employment opportunities to over 50 individuals with developmental disabilities on an annual basis. In addition, in 2009, South Central opened two group homes that provide around the clock residential services to this population. For additional information about South Central call (405) 275-3851.