Okarche, Okla. (June 24, 2021) - Nortek Air Solutions (NAS) recently took its partnership with Center of Family Love (CFL) a step further and began hiring the charity’s intellectually and physically disabled adults to work at its Okarche, Okla., commercial HVAC air handler manufacturing plant.
The initial group of four CFL residents was trained onsite at NAS for one month last April to learn light fixture and wiring installation for 4 x 4-inch-square electrical boxes. The assemblies are eventually incorporated into the Temtrol® branded air handlers the facility manufacturers.
The CFL workers, who range in age from 38 to 51-years-old, were chosen for their exemplary work records at Filters for Life (FFL), Kingfisher, Okla., which is a job opportunity the 40-year-old CFL owns and manages for its 55-participant Vocational Program. The 20,000-sq.ft. FFL facility employs 35 CFL residents that manufacture more than 150,000 HVAC filters annually for Oklahoma state building air handlers and is funded partially by donor partners such as NAS.Bohnenkamp conceived of the recent employment opportunity during one of NAS’
NAS provides a paycheck to CFL’s residents, which gives them opportunities for financial independence. Statistics show that despite their willingness and ability to be a part of the nation’s workforce, people with intellectual or physical disabilities are either under employed or unemployed, according to Smith.“I’m so proud of our NAS Okarche Team and the CFL; our partnership has created