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Webster Enterprises has Record Year

Several months ago WRGC reported that Webster Enterprises, a manufacturing and work training center located in Jackson county, has been anticipating growth in its business and work force due to increases in production demand and the addition of a new industry to their facilities. Earlier in the year, Webster Enterprises announced the hiring of two new management personnel along with one executive staff promotion. At the time, Webster stated that the new management level positions were due to the Board of Directors anticipation of the expansion and growth of their operation over the next two to three years. Along with the new job positions, a new sewing division was also implemented. Now, after the conclusion of its fiscal year on June 30, Webster Enterprises has announced that it had a record year in both production and revenues. “Our $384,000 increase in revenues placed our total income slightly under $1,615,000. We were fortunate to have increased orders from nearly all of our customers and our production staff met orders on time,” said Gene Robinson, Webster’s Executive Director . Currently, Webster Enterprises’ customer base is centered on suppliers to the medical field and involves the manufacturing of various sizes of drapes, tray covers and other disposable items used in operating rooms. “Through our customers, our products are used worldwide,” Robinson noted. Production totals for the medical devices reached a record number of more than one million units. Not included are pieces produced in the newly formed sewing division.

Also as part of the growth and development of the company the Rehabilitation Division has been renamed Education and Training, according to director Kathleen Redman. “This name change more accurately reflects the mission and responsibility of our program within Webster Enterprises.” The number of individuals with disabilities being served is about fifty percent of the total employee base of nearly eighty people. Webster Enterprises was founded in 1976 to provide training and job skills for people with disabilities, and that continues to be its main focus today. It is a common misconception that they only employ the handicapped workers. Part of their job training program for disabled workers includes having them work side-by-side with fully-abled workers on the same production lines, so employees of all walks have found a home at Webster. In the months and years ahead Webster Enterprises continued growth projections seems to be good news for both disabled and able-bodied job seekers in Jackson, Swain, and Macon counties.

 

Webster Enterprises Anticipates Growth

WRGC reported several weeks ago on Webster Enterprises announcement of hiring two new management personnel along with one executive staff promotion. In the announcement Webster Enterprises stated that the new management level positions were due to the Board of Directors anticipation of the expansion and growth of their operation over the next two to three years.

When asked about the new positions and how the new and unexpected growth had made them necessary, Webster’s’ Executive director Gene Robinson answered with the following: “Its part of a revitalization plan we implemented some two and a half years ago. The hiring of the two people and the creation of Assistant Executive Director are part of a succession plan. We want to make sure we have a plan in place that will help carry us forward and meet the needs of the organization and the needs of the community. The growth we are looking at in the next four to five years is expected to double the physical size of our plant and those three positions are critical. We have to have good people in those positions and we feel the people we got are excellent”. While the expectation of doubling the size of their operation in just a few years is quite ambitious, it’s nothing new for Webster Enterprises. Gene Robinson explained that when he returned to the company as Executive Director two and a half years ago Webster Enterprises only employed thirty-five to forty people. Now they employ seventy-five and, at the time of this writing, they are taking applications for four additional positions. Webster Enterprises growth is getting to a point where they are seriously considering adding a second shift to meet production demands. A sewing division was added in the fall of last year and Gene Robinson expects a large amount of Webster Enterprises future growth will come from that new market.

Webster Enterprises was founded in 1976 to provide training and job skills for people with disabilities and that has not changed. Although, it is a common misconception that they only employ the handicapped. Part of their job training program for disabled workers includes having them work side-by-side with fully abled workers on the same production lines, so this means that Webster Enterprises projections of doubling their operation size in the next few years is good news for both disabled and able bodied job seekers in Jackson, Swain, and Macon counties.