UCO has also diversified their portfolio by adding similar
partnerships with local companies like Icon Blue,
Alpha Container, Tool Technologies, and Ohio Laser. The company also acquired and
13, a document destruction company, which operates in the back of their
Once a site focused on vocational habilitation run by the
Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities under the name U-Co, the company
separated from the board in 2013, removed the hyphen, and began to grow their
operations as UCO Industries. “It’s the start of making a cultural change, and
it’s going to take time. It shows that there is a difference from when we were
county-board-run and it was just about day-hab services, to really say that we
have a new look and new expectations,” Eley remarks.
The UCO board of directors and administration pride
themselves on their ability to provide long-term meaningful work that allows
for personal and professional growth, while learning new skills and earning an
income in an integrated work setting. UCO’s mission and decisions have led them
to receive five delivery and quality excellence awards from Honda. “Through all
of the recent change, our mission has remained the same. And that’s what guides
all of our decisions,” Eley notes.
“What we provide is meaningful employment for individuals
and a place they can work long-term. We are building a culture, and our end
goal is not to get everyone out. It’s to get people to stay here, develop here,
and want to work here.