Aqua-Chem, Inc. Partners with Sunshine Industries of Knox County to Hire Disabled Individuals to Package and Assemble Water Purification Products

Aqua-Chem, Inc. in partnership with Sunshine Industries proves successful and rewarding

Knoxville, Tennessee – June 15, 2012. Aqua-Chem, Inc., the leader in global water solutions, is pleased to announce that it recently partnered with Sunshine Industries of Knox County ARC (KCARC) to work with disabled individuals who specialize in packaging and assembly production. The workers are helping Aqua-Chem, Inc. in the assembly and packaging of water purification parts and equipment used by the U.S. military.

“We have been very pleased with the quality of work and dedication of the employees from Sunshine Industries,“ said Aqua-Chem CEO David Gensterblum. “The workers have been very responsive to our needs and we’ve been highly impressed with their commitment to quality and on-time delivery.” Sunshine Industries provides short-term vocational training and long-term sheltered employment to individuals with developmental disabilities. Work includes light industrial subcontract jobs for local businesses, as well as a metal shop where commodities are manufactured for the federal government. Jobs consist of packaging, collating, simple assembly, labeling, operating machinery, spot welding and material handling. Employees are paid on a piece rate or hourly basis while they learn job skills and develop good work habits, with an emphasis placed on production and quality control. Individuals develop self -confidence, independence and a sense of accomplishment. “This partnership has been a highly rewarding for our company,” said Gensterblum. “The work accomplished by these employees has been stellar, and our company is proud to be able to help give these qualified and dedicated disabled workers a job they can be proud of."  

About Aqua-Chem, Inc.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Aqua-Chem specializes in a multitude of industries with a full range of thermal and membrane water treatment technologies. These include vapor compression, distillation, flash evaporation, reverse osmosis, membrane filtration and ion exchange. The company has been working with the U.S. government since 1943 ensuring deployed troops have drinking water that is safe. The company does business with over 100 global connections and has clients in various industries including offshore oil and gas, pharmaceutical, commercial marine, micro-utility, beverage and industrial.

About KCARC and Sunshine Industries

The Arc Knox County is a private, non-profit agency, which was founded in 1953 with the expressed purpose of serving Knoxville area citizens with developmental disabilities. It is affiliated with both the National ARC and the Tennessee ARC. The KCARC is and has always been concerned about the right of all persons with disabilities to participate in programs and/or receive services as needed to achieve maximum personal, social, educational, and vocational development.  It is the belief of the KCARC that if appropriate programs are available, every individual with a developmental disability can learn and grow reaching increasing levels of self-fulfillment. This is a lifetime process that begins at birth and extends throughout a person’s life. Additionally, the KCARC has been instrumental in educating the community with respect to those it serves and has strived to effect change in the stereotypical thinking so often associated with these individuals. Sunshine Industries provides short-term vocational training and long-term sheltered employment to individuals with developmental disabilities. Work includes light industrial subcontract jobs for local businesses, as well as a metal shop where commodities are manufactured for the federal government.

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