Sen. Kissel Attends Walgreens Distribution Center Grand Opening

April 16, 2009

Distribution Center to provide jobs for individuals with cognitive or physical disabilities

Sen. John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) today attended the grand opening of the Walgreens Distribution Center in Windsor. The new facility is expected to bring over 550 new jobs to the state, a third of which are reserved for people with cognitive or physical disabilities.

“The opening of this Distribution Center could not have come at a better time,” said Sen. Kissel following the grand opening ceremony. “Not only will the distribution center provide a much needed boost to our local economy, but it will also provide individuals with disabilities a greater opportunity to participate in the workforce. I was contacted in February of last year about the opening of this facility and I am happy to see all the planning finally coming to fruition. I am sure their efforts will prove successful as they undertake a new and impressive approach to providing jobs for people with disabilities.”

At the new Distribution Center, employees with disabilities will be trained by Community Enterprises, Inc., to work side-by-side with other team members. An on-site training facility helps those with special needs become prepared for employment so everyone can work productively and effectively. These employees, who will have the same productivity goals and earn the same pay as other employees, have disabilities ranging from mental to physical impairments.

Walgreens Senior Vice President Randy Lewis, who has a son with autism, has been the driving force behind the program in Windsor and a similar distribution center in Anderson, South Carolina. Both Mr. Lewis and Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson were in attendance at the ceremony. “I have no doubt that Walgreens’ commitment to providing opportunities for people with disabilities will bring about great results,” said Sen. Kissel. “I applaud their innovative approach and was honored to be a part of the grand opening ceremony today.”