MTC provides high quality services to a diverse group of businesses, including Florida Turnpike Enterprises, Clearwater Packaging, Nestle Vitality Professional, Tampa Electric Company, and Bottle Crew among others.
Many local entrepreneurs have entrusted packaging and fulfillment for their products including: Conscious Coconut, Cigar 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.
Tampa Electric Company
Cigar City Brewing
“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.”
FLORIDA’S TURNPIKE ENTERPRISE
“The McDonald Training Center provides a unique opportunity to employ a dedicated group of individuals who perform an important service to Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise’s SunPass Program. Celebrating the packaging of the 10 millionth SunPass transponder is a testament to the success of this relationship,”
Executive Director and CEO of Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise.
“The business had grown to the point where it’s more than I can handle, and I needed somebody to do the pick, pack and ship so I can concentrate on the selling. They do a very fine job,”
Alligator Bob CEO
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 15 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.