MTC provides high quality light manufacturing services in support of our mission to a diverse group of businesses, including Florida Turnpike Enterprises,  Clearwater Packaging, Nestle Vitality Professional, Tampa Electric Company, and Bottle Crew among others.

We are proud to pick pack and ship for the Manatee Viewing Center!

Many local entrepreneurs have entrusted packaging and fulfillment for their products including:  Conscious CoconutCigar City Brewing, Gurus, Venture Wipes, Better Boat, Simple Shine, Silly Feet, Docks Locks, Cousin Corporation and Healthy Start Coalition. 

Some of the partnerships that require the use of our innovative “Controlled Environment Room” for highly regulated packaging have evolved through referrals from entrepreneurs involved with a business and innovation incubator developed by USF.
Please support our business partners who believe in our vision and assist us to fulfill our mission.

MacDonald Training Center’s Quality Pledge

MacDonald Training Center shall strive to deliver products and services at a competitive price, on schedule, that meet or exceed customer requirements.
We shall commit to continuous improvement by training individuals for success.
Upgrading equipment and processes, improving essential practices, and creating an environment of total quality consciousness.
This policy is carried out at all levels in the organization.

Packaging, Kitting & Assembly

Women Working on an assembly line
  • Clearwater Packaging
  • Nestle Professional

  • Tampa Electric Company

  • Cigar City Brewing

  • Gurus

“The SunPass contract has opened the door to jobs in the community for many of the people we serve, “explains Karenne Levy, President/CEO MacDonald Training Center.”
“It is effective training that leads to community employment and a fulfillment of goals and dreams for individuals with disabilities.  Keeping this contract is a source of pride for us all.”


Since 2007, the MacDonald Training Center (MTC) has packaged over 17 million transponders for valued SunPass customers. Each SunPass transponder has been carefully handled by people with disabilities, who are empowered to lead lives outside of their disabilities and shatter barriers to independence. The partnership allows people with disabilities to learn valuable job skills that they can use throughout their careers.

“We are extremely proud of our partnership with the MacDonald Training Center,” Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Nicola Liquori said. “We are grateful for the hard work put toward ensuring our SunPass customers receive a quality product.”

Nicola Liquori
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

packaging Molly Suds

Molly’s Suds

Molly’s Suds, is a rapidly growing local company that sells non-toxic, biodegradable laundry products including wool dryer balls which are packaged by trainees at MacDonald Training Center. The company which is based in St Petersburg was started in 2008 by pediatric nurse and mother of four, Monica Leonard, who was inspired to create non-toxic laundry products by the loss of her stillborn daughter, Molly.

Asked why she brought her packaging business to MTC, Monica explains, “We love to support local businesses, hiring local and at the same time helping people with disabilities. We’ve been very pleased with the work being done at MTC. I know that the quality will always be good and the packaging always done right”

Trainees acquire valuable skills packaging the wool dryer balls into small units and preparing the inventory for external shipment. The hand-felted 100% Wool Dryer Balls, are compostable and antimicrobial. They last up to 1,000 loads, or three years reduce drying time by 15-30% and are sourced from humanely sheared sheep in Nepal. The wool dryer balls, naturally soften fabrics, and are great for all laundry, including towels, comforters, clothing, baby laundry, delicates and cloth diapers.


Florida’s Turnpike Enterprises

MTC’s evolving partnership as exclusive packager of the SunPass Transponder for the State of Florida continues to be a great source of pride for the people we serve and our organization. Skills learned through the steps of packaging the transponder continue as the hallmark of our innovative “Empowering People, Inspiring Change” (EPIC) curriculum, which is protected by copyright.

Since the beginning of this partnership in 2007, MTC has successfully packaged more than 17 million transponders with a shipping rate of less than 6 errors for every 100,000 units packaged. Through the demands of this contract, the individuals we serve have developed vital skills for competitive employment. Many have taken these skills, including timeliness, dependability, attention to detail and conflict resolution with them to community based jobs.

We have vastly expanded the scope of our production capabilities including developing competency and expertise with sonic welding and blister packaging. It has also demonstrated to the community that people with disabilities and the organizations that serve them are capable of quality work.


How may we serve you? Please contact us to discuss the many business services we provide to the community.
Brittany Armstrong, Project Manager

(813) 870-1300 Ext. 481

[email protected]