Partners In Empowerment — Triangle Contracts Help People With Disabilities Learn Job Skills

Triangle Process Equipment pump orders are now helping people with disabilities develop vocational skills that promote a sense of independence, pride and responsibility.

The employment training opportunity is made possible through Triangle’s partnership with Wilson, North Carolina-based Diversified Opportunities, which provides vocational training for individuals with disabilities to help them secure an optimal earned income. Since 2014, Triangle has awarded two production contracts to Diversified Opportunities that have enabled the organization to train clients to assemble support structures that Triangle uses during shipping. As a result, Triangle was one of four local companies that recently earned a PRIDE (Partners Readying Individuals with Disabilities for Employment) award from Diversified Opportunities.

The partnership between Triangle and Diversified Opportunities grew out of a packing-and-shipping challenge at Triangle. As part of an internal process improvement initiative, Triangle had designed and manufactured custom-built pump crates that would better protect pumps during shipping. Triangle Process Equipment President Jeff Blease suggested that Triangle’s Operations Manager, Kevin Hill, reach out to Diversified Opportunities to see if they could help build the crates.

“We developed a concept for a hybrid crate that would work for a couple of pump sizes,” Hill said. “We sent a drawing over to Diversified Opportunities and they took the ball and ran with it.”

Diversified Opportunities now builds the crates at their woodworking shop. Triangle, who ships pumps all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico, buys them from Diversified in lots of 20 at a time.

“The crates prevent our pumps from being damaged during shipping, so they are a critical part of Triangle’s quality control measures. We couldn’t be happier with Diversified Opportunities’ quality craftsmanship and timely production of the crates,” Hill said.

So successful was the crate-building contract, Triangle began to see additional shipping challenges that could present new partnership opportunities. As such, Triangle approached Diversified Opportunities about taking on the task of constructing a wiring harness for one of its pumps. Additional projects between Triangle and Diversified Opportunities are also in the pipeline.

The partnership aligns with Triangle’s community outreach initiatives.

“It’s about seeing the possibilities, not the limitations,” Hill said.“It is extremely rewarding to see the task of crate-manufacturing blossom into a workforce development asset for people in need. The partnership is a win for Diversified Opportunities, for Triangle and our customers,” Hill said.

Pictured: (From left): Triangle Process Equipment’s Justin Andras and Kevin Hill are pictured along with representatives from Merck and Diversified Opportunities at an awards event at Diversified Opportunities. Triangle Process Equipment received a PRIDE (Partners Readying Individuals with Disabilities for Employment) award for awarding production contracts to Diversified Opportunities.

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