The Medina County Sheltered Industries, Inc. DBA Windfall Industries, a 501c(3), non-profit organization, was originally formed in 1963.
The purpose was to work in concert with the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities to provide employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.
About 20-30 people were served in that first year.
In 1996, Medina County Sheltered Industries started doing business as Windfall Industries. At that point, the relationship became contractual to MCBDD. Over 400 people are now receiving services through Windfall Industries. The regulating body of Windfall Industries is the Windfall Industries Board of Directors. The Windfall Board consists of nine professionals from very diverse educational and employment backgrounds. With a common goal and mission, the Windfall Board has been able to establish Windfall Industries as a progressive organization providing quality services to the community while employing a combined workforce of individuals with disabilities and non-disabled workers.
Windfall Industries developed Medina Assembly and Packaging or M.A.P. in 1999. It started in Granger Township just two blocks from the Medina County Board Facility on State Route 94. Windfall had rented about 5,000 sq. ft. of production space and 1,000 sq. ft. of office space. It only took us about a year and a half to grow and realize we needed more space. We ended up meeting our current landlord who worked with us closely to make sure the building was going to meet our needs. Our new site has 10,000 sq. ft. of production space, with the ability to store over two hundred skids of product in less than 1,700 sq. ft. This, along with two adjustable docks and two overhead doors gives us the ability to handle the larger truck-load customers. Along with the larger workshop space we gained much needed office space with two meeting rooms available for team meetings.
In 2001 M.A.P.S.T.A.R.T, Medina Assembly and Packing Student Transition to Advanced Realistic Training was developed. This program is contracted through high schools in Medina County and is being extended into Summit County. The M.A.P.S.T.A.R.T. goals are to provide personal development and training through occupational and habilitation programs to students with disabilities in the 16-22 years age group. With these programs, our hope is to provide necessary training and services, teaching them skills so that they can accomplish life goals. These students are not yet eligible for services of the County Board of Developmental Disabilities. With the M.A.P.S.T.A.R.T. program, our hope is to ease the transition from school to county board services or competitive employment.
In the spring of 2005, Windfall Industries became a waiver service provider for Medicaid.
Summer 2006 Windfall began providing transportation services to our consumers.