Portage Industries' Services

The Board’s sheltered workshop, Portage Industries offers a variety of services to individuals who select this option for their Adult Day Services. Work performed at Portage Industries typically involves packaging, light assembly, and shredding. Work groups vary in size based upon individual needs and each work group is supervised by Board staff members who are registered by the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Payment for work performed by individuals is made by Portage Industries, Inc., a non-profit organization that enters into an annual contract with the Board for employment of those attending. Portage Industries, Inc. is the entity that secures work for enrollees and uses its earnings to pay enrollees. Individuals are typically paid an hourly rate or a piece rate depending upon the job. Individuals are paid weekly based upon the amount of work they perform. Rate of pay, typically below minimum wage, is established following U.S. Department of Labor standards.
Enrollees may also be involved in classes, arts and crafts, and personal development activities. While all individuals are encouraged to take advantage of vocational opportunities, engaging in work activities is not a requirement to attend.
Portage Industries also offers a variety of ancillary and professional services, including nursing services, physical, occupational, and speech therapies. Portage Industries is open 236 days per year for enrollees. The day program operations are from 7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Monday – Friday. The main phone line 330-296-2839 is available from 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Portage Industries calendar is available here:
Individuals attending Portage Industries receive two way transportation to and from the facility. This service is provided by a number of different providers; in some instances by the Board, and in other instances by other public and private providers. The transportation provider is determined by several factors (e.g., where you live) and is determined prior to enrollment.
In addition to bringing their own food and drink, individuals attending Portage Industries also have the option to purchase a hot lunch on a daily basis. A food service program is operated in the facility’s multi-purpose room and provides an opportunity for individuals to purchase hot food, snacks, and a variety of hot and cold drinks.
If you would like to schedule a tour of Portage Industries, please contact Colleen Brown, Activities Supervisor.
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