Jim, as chairman of the Witmer Public Safety Group, combined his entrepreneurial spirit and his passion for public safety when he launched The Fire Store, an online store that provides fast access to a full-range of specialized equipment and supplies from the biggest names in the industry.
The Coatesville-based company clearly has not only a commitment to its customers through strong values, but also a giving philosophy that benefits the entire community.
It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the Witmer Public Safety Group has partnered with Thorndale’s Handi-Crafters, which runs one of the largest disability-focused employment programs in southeastern Pennsylvania.
“We walked through Handi-Crafters, and knew that the work they were doing on their production floor could be easily transitioned into working on our production floor,” said Heide Kramer and Lisa Bardsley of the Witmer Public Safety Group.
Now, Zach Arce and his twin brother Chad are part-time employees at The Fire Store, along with Madeline Gills.
“They are both detail-oriented, which is key and a quality they needed to fill the position,” Liz McShea, department supervisor, said of the new hires.
“The new employees are impressive in their work ethic,” said John Rauso, warehouse supervisor. “They get right to work, and manage their time exceptionally well.”
Zach has found that his responsibilities in bagging and tagging and in measuring nylon roping to fulfill orders matches his training at Handi-Crafters.
“Hiring the new employees was excellent for us,” said Rauso. “They have adapted to their work easily. They free up other key staff, which keeps our production moving forward.”
“This has been a win-win for the employer and our clients,” said Edie MacCarty, an Employment Specialist on Handi-Crafters Community Employment team. “We are especially grateful to The Fire Store. We see tremendous synergy between the two, and we are thrilled with the outcomes to date.”