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About.

Guernsey Industries Inc. is a 501(3) C non-profit organization founded in 1972 under Guernsey-Noble Counties Inc. to provide employment and socialization services for individuals with Developmental Disabilities. In 2011, a ten-year transformation plan was developed to ensure Guernsey Industries Inc. would completely separate from the Guernsey County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Guernsey Industries Inc. was completely privatized in 2015.

We are a business that provides opportunities for individuals to build pallets, construct outdoor lawn furniture, make primitive woodcrafts, and do assembly and repackaging work for several local companies. Positions to perform janitorial services for local businesses are also available.

Our Mission:

Everything we do has a person-centered focus. We concentrate on connecting people with the community. Partnering with other organizations will empower individuals to reach their full potential for employment, social and recreational interaction, as well as becoming vital members in the community.

Goals:

To provide support in order to maximize independence and self-worth.

Core Value:

Person-centered philosophy: Individuals have the freedom to build the life they need and achieve the things they want.

Products & Services:

Guernsey Industries Inc. provides contract work for local businesses. We are able to assist in assembly, packaging, and sorting of product and materials for redistribution. We build pallets for various companies for shipping.

Guernsey Industries Inc. builds quality outdoor furniture, such as benches, picnic tables, and swings. We also make home décor products such as jelly cupboards, coat racks, end stands, and birdhouse benches. We are selling products out of Guernsey Industries and Fisher Decorating in Coshocton, OH.

Employment Services:

Guernsey Industries Inc. provides vocational services to enhance work-related activities to teach responsibility, attendance, task completion, motor skill development, and problem-solving. We provide Adult Day Support designed to maximize the individual’s independence through daily living skills, personal health and safety, and socialization, educational and recreational exploration.

Transportation:

Guernsey Industries Inc. is certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, as a non-medical transportation provider. We transport individuals working with Guernsey Industries Inc. to and from their chosen service locations. Transportation can also be arranged for those not using our services.

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Capabilities.

Work Skills

Vocational Training

Guernsey Industries provides services designed to teach and reinforce habilitation concepts related to work including: responsibility, attendance, task completion, problem-solving, social interaction, motor skill development, and safety.

Motor Skills Development

Guernsey Industries provides services designed to offer goal-oriented opportunities where skills and support are developed and maintained in a variety of settings. These services are designed to maximize an individual’s independence in such areas as activities of daily living, personal health and safety, socialization, communication, education, recreation, and work attitudes and skills exploration.

Education and Problem Solving

The Habilitation Center emphasizes skill development in the areas of daily living, mobility and socialization, community awareness, recreation, self-expression and choice making, fine motor and eye-hand coordination, and senior citizens activities.

Partnerships

Partnerships.

Make A Difference

Employment First emphasizes employment as the priority and preferred outcome for working-age adults with disabilities.  Employment First recognizes the social and economic benefits of meaningful work for all individuals.  Everyone, regardless of disability, should have the opportunity to earn at least minimum wage in integrated community-based settings.

The value of employment for people with developmental disabilities includes:

  • Building relationships, friendships, and acquaintances;
  • Social identity as related to where an individual works and the type of work that is performed;
  • By working, people with developmental disabilities feel that they are engaged in meaningful activities along with the integrated working community;
  • Through work individuals with developmental disabilities often have a sense of competence and self-worth;
  • Income from paying jobs helps supplement their resources and improves the quality of the lives they can live.

As this initiative becomes a reality, we at Guernsey Industries look forward to providing more meaningful employment opportunities to the individuals that we serve.

King Karpet

“Chris is such a hardworking man. He always does a great job and has such a great attitude. He always shows up and goes right to work.”
Mitzi Slyvis and Jim Slyvis (Mother and Son, Owners)

An Enchanted Garden Florist & Gift Shoppe

“Mary is such a blessing. She works so hard to put a smile on others faces and we couldn’t ask for anyone better.”
Lynn, Owner

Guernsey County Administration Building

“Chris Jones and Will Emler are great guys. They are fast, thorough, and always work very hard. They would do anything that is asked of them. They don’t waste any time.”
George Wilson

Kennedy Bakery

“Will Elmer is such a joy to be around and does so much for all of us. He is reliable, hardworking, and always in a great mood. Will is a positive member of the Kennedy’s Team.”
Bob Kennedy and Patty Kennedy

SudZee’s Drycleaner & Laundromat

“Joe Devore is one of the hardest working guys I’ve ever met. He never misses a day, and works as long as needed without complaint. He always stays busy. While he is waiting on jeans to wash, he will do something else without being asked.” Brandy Jones 

Byesville Water Plant

Pictured; Donna Smith, Angel Watkins (Staff), Josh Green at the Byesville Water Plant. “We absolutely love these guys, they all work so hard. Angel has a great relationship with them and they have so much respect for her that the work is seamless. We couldn’t ask for a better team.”
Jay Jackson, Mayor of Byesville

Guernsey County Prosecutors Office

“Chris Jones is courteous and friendly. He is very hardworking, punctual, and always goes above and beyond what is expected. We couldn’t ask for anyone better.”
Joel Blue

More Community Partners:

Golden Rule School

Guernsey County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Cambridge Packaging

Picoma

Detroit Diesel

Leyshon Miller Industries, LLC

J & M Electric

OMEGA- Ohio Mid-East Governments Association

Cambridge Eagles

Our Team

Our Team.

Results Driven Leaders

Please meet our experienced team. We look forward to working with you!

Bradley Hess:
I am Brad Hess, CEO of Guernsey Industries. I have worked in the field of Developmental Disabilities for over 21 years. I enjoy seeing the excitement of each individual getting to do what they want to do every day. I love spending time with my family and I love watching the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Phone: 740-439-5017, ext. 6830
E-Mail: bhess@guernseyindustries.com

Staci Knouff:
I am the Chief Operating Office of Guernsey Industries and have worked here for six years. I had no prior experience in this field, yet I fell in love with this place and the people on my very first day. I am a wife and a mother of two teenagers. We enjoy going to visit family in Myrtle Beach every year. I am passionate about my job and feel lucky to be around the people at Guernsey Industries.
E-mail:  sknouff@guernseyindustries.com

Lori Samson:
I have worked at Guernsey Industries for almost five years. I worked three years as a Direct Service Specialist and two years as the Adult Services Secretary. I am married and have three children. I enjoy attending my kids sporting events, being outside, and spending time with my family.
Email:  lsamson@guernseyindustries.com

Phil Hayes: I graduated from Ferris State University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management. I have spent the last 39 years working in the field of Developmental Disabilities. From 1978 to 1989, I worked at the Cambridge Developmental Center in various management positions. In 1990 I was hired by the Guernsey County Board of Developmental Disabilities as a Habilitation Specialist. I am responsible for coordinating all of the ISP’s for the individuals enrolled in the Adult Services Program. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending my time volunteering for Guernsey Special Olympics. In addition to assisting with aquatics, bowling, athletics/bocce, and golf, I have been the head basketball coach for the past three years – GO EAGLES!
Email:  phayes@guernseyindustries.com

Susie Mathia: A graduate of Kent State University, with a degree in accounting, I’ve been the bookkeeper for Guernsey Industries for over 18 years. I manage most of the financial aspects of the company, some of which include: invoicing, bill payment, payroll, and Medicaid billing. I’m the mother of two wonderful children (both married) and have two fantastic grandchildren. My home includes one extremely large black lab and a few cats. In what spare time I have, I love to knit, read, and bake cookies.
Email:  smathia@guernseyindustries.com

Lori Thompson:
I have worked at Guernsey Industries for five years. They helped me obtain my Class B CDL so for the last three years I have been able to make truck deliveries. I worked in production during my first two years, I work on the pallet floor, and I am also one of the transportation drivers.
Email:  lthompson@guernseyindustries.com

Amber McClay:
I have worked at Guernsey Industries for two years as a Direct Service Specialist. I am married, and I enjoy shopping and spending time with my family.
Email:  amcclay@guernseyindusries.com

Angel Watkins:
I am the Job Coach/Community Employment Coordinator at Guernsey Industries. I have been employed by the company for almost three years and love what I do. I am a 2004 graduate of The Ohio State University where I double majored in Psychology and Nursing. I enjoy spending time with my husband and three daughters. We are involved in several activities within the community and our church. When I’m not doing those things, I can almost always be found at home working in my garden.
Email: abuckland@guernseyindustries.com

Donna Crum:
I am a Habilitation Paraprofessional and have been employed at Guernsey County Board of Developmental Disabilities for over 32 years. Even though my responsibilities working in the Habilitation Department have changed over the years, I still enjoy every day I come to work. This has become my family away from home. I have a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University Zanesville, in Human Relations.
Email: dmiller@guernseyindustries.com

Jeremie Edwards:
I have enjoyed my employment as a Direct Service Specialist at Guernsey Industries for the past two years. In my free time, I enjoy playing music and spending time with my family.
Email:  jedwards@guernseyindustries.com

Karen Clipner:
I have worked for the Guernsey County Board of Developmental Disabilities for 18 years as a Workshop Specialist. I am married, have two children, and two grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with my family, going to yard sales, and shopping for antiques. I am also a big fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Green Bay Packers fan.
Email:  kclipner@guernseyindustries.com

Marie Delik:
Currently, I serve as the supervisor on the pallet floor of Guernsey Industries. I was the cook at the Golden Rule School for 18 years.
Email:  mdelik@guernseyindustries.com

Rob Everett:
In 2017, I have reached 31 years of service with the Guernsey County Board of Developmental Disabilities. And I look forward to a few more! In 1986 I started working at Golden Rule School, as a classroom aide, with students from ages two to 22. In 1989, I was assigned to the workshop as a habilitation aide. My title became Workshop Specialist 1. After working in this area for 16 years, three years of college, and a degree, I earned the title of Workshop Specialist 2. 
Over the years I have done many things and have been involved in helping those I serve to be more independent and all around better citizens. I consider this to be my home away from home and the people I work with to be my extended family.
Email:  reverett@guernseyindustries.com

Susan Minyo:
I have been employed with the Guernsey County Board of Developmental Disabilities for 27 years working in the Habilitation Department and driving the bus.
Email: sminyo@guernseyindustries.com

Tegan Price:
I am the Production Manager at Guernsey Industries. I have worked for GI for just over two years but have been involved in this field, with my mom, for over 15 years. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, my horses and my other pets.
Email:  tprice@guernseyindustries.com

Tom Calvert:
I am a Direct Service Specialist and drive a shuttle route for Guernsey Industries. I have worked in this field since 2009. I am a 2007 graduate of Zane State College with two associate’s degrees, one in Police Science and one in Corrections. I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend, family, and friends. I am a huge Cleveland Indians and Ohio State Buckeyes fan.
Email:  tcalvert@guernseyindustries.com

Vivienne Barrows: 
A Certified Health, Adaptive Physical Education, and PE teacher with a BS in Education from UMass/Amherst; I hold an Adult Service and Delegated Nursing Certificate from ODD, First Aid, CPR and AED, and 21 credit hours in DD from Lorain CC and Cincinnati State. I am eligible for SSA certification and have 22 years of DD experience as an Activities Therapist, Therapeutic Program Worker, Recreation Coordinator, Local Special Olympics Coordinator, and Adult Service Worker II. I am a member of the Ohio Association of DD Professionals and Ohio Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance.
Email:  vbarrows@guernseyindustries.com

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Contact

Contact.

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Guernsey Industries
60772 Southgate Rd
Byesville, Ohio 43723

Phone: (740)439-5017
Fax:    844-809-1160
Email: phayes@guernseyindustries.com

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