The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

February 14, 2013

Volunteers help with Tenco’s mountain of cans

OTTUMWA — What happens when you’re the only can-redemption business in a 40-50 mile area?

You fill up every corner of a big building and hope the next vehicle coming in isn’t a truck with a trailer stuffed with even more cans.

The situation began last year, according to Dixie Merritt, Tenco’s vocational director. A local company that took cans closed, and there wasn’t any other business to take its place.

Tenco, which employs residents with developmental disabilities, then began receiving many more cans than usual.

“We had to rent storage units, and the sheds were full,” Merrit said Wednesday. “We also used semi-trailers.”

Overwhelmed with the mountain of cans, Tenco officials put the word out to anyone who would volunteer to assist the organization.

Job Corps volunteers, employees from John Deere Ottumwa Works and others have helped. The Wapello County Board of Supervisors also heard of the overload and on Wednesday asked several county employees to help sort through the mountains of cans.

Every bit of assistance helps, Merritt said.

“We’ve sorted 1.6 million in cans to be counted, and it’s piling up every day,” she said.

A Legacy Foundation grant helped Tenco with a conveyor belt, which has improved the efficiency by 30 percent, but assistance is still needed and appreciated.

“People are helping local workers who have disabilities,” said Ben Wright, Tenco’s executive director. “If not helped here, then where? People rely on this money.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Graham's presentation A sweet history lesson OTTUMWA — In one of the most popular monthly presentations the Wapello County Historical Society has ever hosted, it was standing-room only to hear the history of Graham Milk and Ice Cream Company and try some of the popular product. A landmark in Ot

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

  • Ready, set, shop! OTTUMWA — Iowa's government says businesses must participate in the Tax-Free Weekend this Friday and Saturday. Store manager Greg Martin isn't complaining. "It’ll be much busier [than typical weekends]. Back to school is the second busiest season nex

    July 31, 2014

  • LCL scholarship recipients Supporting the health care future of the community OTTUMWA — For several area college students, Thursday afternoon was a chance to put names and faces with the thousands of scholarship dollars they have just received. The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation hosted a reception to honor the 25 college s

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0801 OTT DMV new building exterior -M Ottumwa's DMV station ready to move OTTUMWA — If you believe you'll need to visit the driver's license station next month, you may want to write this down: 2849 N. Court St., Suite B. That'll be the new address for the Iowa DMV's office, which is currently located across from the Fairf

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0801 OTT Five Things logo -L T Five things to do in southeast Iowa OTTUMWA — Celebrate summer in a variety of ways and in several communities this weekend. Many towns are holding festivals, shows and events all centered around the summer theme, so head out while it's warm. 1. "Summer Shorts" is the Davis County Play

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 OTT Aviation plane -T -M Flying free OTTUMWA — The financial obstacle may have been removed if your career goal starts with learning to fly. "We have it set up for three terms, about nine months," said pilot and chief flight instructor Darren Graham at Indian Hills Community College. "

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Supervisors discuss pipeline potential KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisors received preliminary, general information on a new pipeline being proposed to carry oil from North Dakota through Iowa, including Van Buren County, then crossing into Illinois. The proposed Bakken Pipeline wou

    July 30, 2014

  • Fairfield stabbing suspects' trials separated FAIRFIELD — The three people accused of dragging a man into a Fairfield apartment before robbing and stabbing him have had a judge grant their requests to separate their trials. Dawn Dunn, Dustin Roll and Brett Hedblade are each charged with willful

    July 30, 2014

  • Local business donates grain rescue tube KEOSAUQUA — Stockport Elevator, owned by Roquette America, donated a grain rescue tube to Birmingham and Stockport Fire Departments. A training session was conducted Monday, led by Dale Ekdahl, a representative of Outstate Data, LLC, the device’s man

    July 30, 2014

  • Where do my taxes go? OTTUMWA — Wapello County Board certified its tax levy. But what does that mean? Based on budgets submitted by various levying authors, the Wapello County Auditor prepares and certifies the levy rates for the county. Budgets for each levy are based on

    July 30, 2014

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook