History

An independent non-profit organization with its own board of directors, Deepwood Industries relies on the assistance provided by the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities Deepwood Center. The staffing and facility support received from the county program enables Deepwood Industries to provide the employment training and employment opportunities it offers to its over 350 consumer/employees.

Deepwood Industries was operational five years before County Boards of Developmental Disabilities even existed. In 1962 a group of concerned citizens and parents, recognizing the lack of employment training for developmentally disabled adults, applied for and received a corporate charter under the name of Lake County Sheltered Industries.

Operations began with six consumer/employees, one supervisor, a donated station wagon, and space obtained from the American Legion on Hopkins Road. In 1965, a growing Lake County Sheltered Industries with 32 consumer/employees packed up and moved to a larger facility, the vacated Post Office at 3rd and Clark in downtown Willoughby.

The State of Ohio's formation of County Developmental Disability Boards in 1972 placed Lake County Sheltered Industries under the operating guidelines of Lake County. Ten years after their charter, Lake County Sheltered Industries, with an enrollment of 98 consumer/employees, relocated to a newly constructed facility on Deepwood Boulevard.

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