Everyone wants their children to grow up to be productive members of society; to have a good job and contribute their talents in whatever ways they can. Parents of developmentally disabled children are no different. But in 1965, there were not many options for young people. That's when a group of parents of children with developmental disabilities founded Coarc, a not-for-profit organization and a much better alternative to being placed in an institution.
"People really wanted more for their children, other than what the institutions at that time had to offer," said Alex Schneider, director of development for Coarc. "The organization started small, first as a pre-school, then a summer camp, and more. As their children got older, the parents recognized their need for meaningful employment and a paycheck as well." And again they created a solution, this time a non-profit subsidiary called Coarc Manufacturing, a contract manufacturing service that has grown into a successful commercial contract manufacturer, providing assembly, decorating and finishing services, as well as in-house plastics injection molding to a variety of companies.
At first, the organization didn't have molding capabilities, but took in relatively easy work from companies and organizations such as stuffing envelopes and simple assembly work. Today, the company operates 11 injection molding machines ranging from 35-440 tons, and performs a variety of secondary operations. "We do everything from complex assembly to bag and tag items, to cutting, assembling and shipping floor mats that are placed in front of the doors at major department stores," said John Menegio, director of manufacturing.