Work Services Corporation Planning to Add New Service

- For more than 25 years, a Wichita Falls non-profit corporation has supplied full and part time jobs for people with disabilities.

Although Work Services Corporation is known for making all the paper clips for the U.S. Government, the Wichita Falls plant does much more and is making plans to expand.

Work Service Corporation has two facilities in Wichita Falls. One is at Sheppard Air Force Base that employs more than 500 people with disabilities and there's a plant on Armory Road that makes paper clips.

And while corporation officials say growth has stalled a bit over the past few years they say plans are in the works to start up a new service in May at the Armory Road facility.

"We make all the federal government's paperclips," says Jerry Bettenhausen, president of Work Services Corporation.

But soon this facility on Armory Road will expand operations to include a new service that will initially have 8 employees with disabilities and a supervisor handling document services.

"Right now, just to make room for our document imaging project, we've had to shuffle offices around for our staff here in this location," says Bettenhausen.

Jerry Bettenhausen says the new service would have employees using scanners, similar to this one, to take printed documents and convert them to a digital format to be stored onto an online storage system. While managers say the expansion is exciting, they say the actual growth of the corporation has slowed.

"In the last 5 years, we've probably  lost 10% of our jobs and that's simply because of the current fiscal environment in the federal government," Bettenhausen says.

Still, Work Services Corporation is making plans to expand, which will help fulfill its mission and strategic plan to grow and help those with disabilities become independent through gainful employment.

Bettenhausen says Work Services Corporation's strategic plan consists of three options for plant growth.

But so far, officials have not decided whether to expand the current Armory Road facility, move into a new building or build a new facility.

But Bettenhausen says they hope to make a decision in the next year. As for the new document conversion service, that is expected to start in Mid-May.

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