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Triangular Processing A Winner For All




Ward Short, Archbold, sorts plastic bottles at Triangular Processing, rural Wauseon. Bottles are manufactured from several different types of plastic, which must be separated before recycling.-            photo by David Pugh

Ward Short, Archbold, sorts plastic bottles at Triangular Processing, rural Wauseon. Bottles are manufactured from several different types of plastic, which must be separated before recycling.- photo by David Pugh

Triangular Processing takes the old phrase, “a win-win” situation, and multiplies it by many times.

The biggest winners are persons with disabilities, such as mental retardation, because Triangular Processing can provide them with training to take other jobs in the community, or it can be a place where they can do important, fulfilling work they can take pride in.

Kathy Stockham, director of the firm, said 43 persons with disabilities work at the firm, which performs several tasks.

Triangular took over the job of sorting, bundling, and marketing recycled materials from throughout Fulton County, after the Wauseon city council decided it could no longer subsidize its recycling operation.

Today, clients of the Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities sort recyclable materials and bundle them for shipment.

Clients also do shredding of confidential documents, much of which comes from banks or other businesses.

They also do light assembly work, most notably for countybased company that produces candles.

Started

Triangular Process started about 17 years ago with a few clients working in an all-purpose room at the DD board Ottokee Street building.

About 10 years ago, Stockham said Triangular Processing was incorporated as a non-profit orperson ganization about 10 years ago.

A few years ago, the company moved to a building owned by Fulton County, on Co. Rd. 14 north of Wauseon, near the Fulton County airport.

The DD board pays the five- staff, who provides a supportive environment for the clients.

Stockham said Fulton County is required by Ohio law to provide recycling service. By utilizing DD board clients, they can provide that service in a cost-effective manner, while providing work and training opportunities for clients.

She said Fulton County does provide some financial support for Triangular Processing, “but the overall expense is much less significant, because of the work our clients do.”

The clients also earn competitive, prevailing wages paid in the community for similar jobs. In turn, the clients pay taxes on those wages.

Like Any Other

Workers at Triangular Processing “are pretty much like every other job,” she said.

“People with disabilities are much more upbeat,” she said.

They work well at jobs with a routine that some might find monotonous.

Stockham said when many companies hold annual dinners, there’s low turnout, and low enthusiasm, on the part of the employees.

It’s a different story at Triangular Processing. Attendance at the annual recognition dinner is 100%. Workers receive a certifi- cate for their work.

“They’re very proud (of the certificates). They don’t take it for granted,” she said.

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