Green Abilities Team Wins Chanute Prize at Arc NWI!

Green Abilities - 01.15.16At the Arc Northwest Indiana, across the cafeteria and down the hall in a large storage area filled with assorted granite pieces is an unlikely manufacturing space populated by Artisans like Stacey shown with Recycled Granite’s Sherrie Benkovich (left).  Meet The “Green Abilities Team” or as Cal Bellamy of Krieg DeVault calls it, “The Dream Team.”  These near dozen workers are trained in making pavers, fire pits and other products out of recycled granite for sale at locations like the Arc Eco Store located near the manufacturing area where consumers can buy objets d’ art like jewelry, cheeseboards and ornaments . Indeed, their work is often shown on TV home and garden networks.  According to 2011 – 2012 Founder and Society Fellow Julie Rizzo, this is the first special needs facility in the world to implement this hands-on, zero-waste, granite recycling training program while providing an exclusive store to exhibit, sell and manufacture products.  At the recent installation of the Chanute Prize at the Highland facility, Arc CEO Bill Trowbridge was presented a $500 check by Bellamy on behalf of Krieg DeVault which sponsors the Chanute Prize. The event was presided over by O’Merrial Butchee, Director, Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, Ivy Tech Community College. John Davies, Managing Director, The Society of Innovators, said this is the first special needs team to receive the Chanute Prize since the prestigious team award was launched in 2007.

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