Peoria Production Shop Turns 75

Courtesy Peoria Production Shop website

A local business that gives those with disabilities a chance to work is celebrating a major milestone this week.

The Peoria Production Shop turns 75 Tuesday.

The self-supporting company was the vision of Dr. Maxim Pollak, Director of the Peoria Tuberculosis Sanitarium, in 1941.

CEO and President Dick Peplow says Dr. Pollak started the Peoria Production Shop as a way to get TB patients back to work. He tells WMBD’s Greg and Dan that they’ve come a long way since then.

“We do a lot of packaging. We do assembly work, mechanical assembly work. We do a lot of things businesses don’t want to do for themselves.”

COO Melynda McKeever says by outsourcing work, local companies are helping Peoria Production Shop to fullfill its mission to employ people with all kinds of disabilities.

McKeever says its a very rewarding place to work.

“Everyday has its ups and downs. But, as soon as you step foot out into that shop floor, there is always a smiling face, or someone you know that is living independently because we’ve been able to give them the opportunity of working.”

The Peoria Production shop is a self-supporting business, meaning it does not receive any government funding.

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