“It’s a fulfillment center trained to support our business that we can count on whenever we need help.”
Larry Stetzer, Mcloone
Giving back to the community just feels good. Everyone knows it—but not everyone goes the extra step to actually live it.
Mcloone, a screen printing shop in La Crosse, has been giving back in a big way thanks to its partnership with Riverfront, Inc. Since 2003, Riverfront, a nonprofit organization that helps employ those with disabilities, has served as a temporary labor force for Mcloone.
Larry Stetzer, Mcloone’s operations manager, says giving back to the community is one of his company’s core values—direct from Mcloone’s leadership team.
But that is not the only reason this screen printer chooses Riverfront. “Working with Riverfront just makes good business sense,” Stetzer said.
It is about savings.
“Riverfront is another tool in our work flow process. They give us good quality product and I don’t have to staff it 24/7. It’s like having a fulfillment house that I don’t have to pay for until I use it.” Stezer said.
Before partnering with Riverfront, Mcloone, which specializes in printing on plastic and metal, hired and trained temporary workers to package product, then faced the likelihood of having to hire and train completely different workers for the next project.
That costs money.
Money saved by using Riverfront.
“It’s a fulfillment center trained to support our business that we can count on whenever we need help,” he said. “I don’t have to repeatedly go into a three or four week training process.”
Throughout their history together, Stetzer said Riverfront has always been great about hitting their deadlines. Mcloone’s and their customers are pleased with the workmanship, and Riverfront is willing to take on virtually any project Mcloone has given them.
Riverfront’s participants package a variety of Mcloone’s large volume shipments, such as serial number tags or overlays for the automotive and appliance industries, metal calendars or even wedding invitations. Mcloone simply provides the shipping and packing materials and Riverfront’s participants pack, sort and affix address labels at Riverfront’s production facility. After just a few days, Mcloone heads over to Riverfront, picks up the completed project—often 2,500 to 3,000 pieces—and ships it.
“We think the work Riverfront does is great,” he said. “They are trained on what we need done and they do it for us very well.”