Rep. Vicky Hartzler tours Columbia sub-contracting firm

2 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Monday, July 20 2015 Jul 20, 2015 Monday, July 20, 2015 1:34:00 PM CDT July 20, 2015 in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - 4th District U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo) toured a Columbia sub-contracting firm Monday that offers employment to developmentally disabled Missourians.

Hartzler's tour of Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises (CMSE) was led by CMSE Executive Director Bruce Young. It included a look at the facility's new 28,000 square foot production area and the CMSE Giving Gardens, a retail nursery.

According to CMSE's website, "Production managers must seek new ways of reducing and controlling costs without compromising quality. One technique for reducing such costs is to subcontract these jobs to organizations like CMSE that specialize in such work. In many situations, CMSE can complete this kind of assignment with substantially greater cost effectiveness than an in-house operation."

The company's new production area includes "$1.5 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment, including shrink wrappers, baggers, sealers and presses," according to its website.

"It was rewarding to visit with many of the 130 hard-working Missourians employed by Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises," Hartzler said. "These dedicated employees provide a variety of goods to local manufacturers and the University of Missouri. CMSE provides fulfilling employment to individuals with developmental disabilities, leading to personal growth of the employees, while boosting the local economy. These workshops are a shining example of a win-win."

CMSE says most of its funding for day-to-day costs comes from contractual agreements, but it receives $19 a day from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide staff support for its employees.

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