Monthly Archives: December 2018

26 12, 2018

Jeffco Subcontracting, Inc.

2018-12-26T11:00:28-06:00 December 26th, 2018|Executive Excellence|

Jeffco Subcontracting, Inc.

A Special Place to Earn a Paycheck

Some anglers may envy the task that Chris Ingram is handling this week. He is assembling a new fishing lure called the Genesis Ti, a product from Omega Custom Tackle Company of St. Louis that is popular among professional and amateur fishermen.

Chris Ingram at JSIYet Chris has no time for fishing today. He is busy working at JSI, also known as Jeffco Subcontracting, Inc., a sheltered workshop at 2065 Pomme Road in Arnold.

Chris is developmentally disabled. He spends about 30 hours every week assembling and packaging different types of products for JSI customers in metro St. Louis. “It’s a good job,” he says with a smile.

About 110 JSI employees who are developmentally disabled work there. Every employee earns a paycheck, receives Social Security benefits, and makes a positive difference.

Dozens of companies, large and small, rely on JSI employees for production assistance so those companies can be more efficient and competitive – companies like Barnhart Industries, CCP Newco, Luxco, Schlafly Beer, Thiel Tool & Engineering, and more.

How does JSI help them?

On a short-term, seasonal, or a continuing basis, JSI employees provide assembly, packaging, re-packaging, collating, de-collating, product inspection, labeling, re-labeling, and custom work at its 44,000 sq ft facility. JSI saves customers money by eliminating their need to buy assembly equipment, or special equipment for heat-sealing, stretch-wrapping, heat-shrinking, blister packing, or clamshell packaging needs. Its overhead is low compared to that of some other temporary work agencies. And it provides a working life for special people who might not find paychecks elsewhere.

Service Oriented

Russ at JSI for Arnold newsletter

Russ Kuttenkuler is JSI’s Executive Director. He joined the not-for-profit 501(C) 3 organization in January 2015. Earlier, he worked as a unit manager for German chemical company Henkel, as an engineering manager at Sigma Aldrich, and as a site operations leader at Solutia, Inc. He earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Kuttenkuler left corporate business for JSI because “I wanted to do something in my life more service oriented than what I used to do in previous jobs. In this line of work, JSI makes a positive difference for our employees and for our customers every day.”

JSI was in trouble when Kuttenkuler joined the enterprise in 2015.  Several customers had pulled their business, and another announced it was moving product packaging and assembly operations from JSI to a facility in Mexico.

“When I got here JSI really did not have a sales, marketing, or much of a customer service function,” Kuttenkuler says, “and some customers were not happy with JSI services at the time.”  In July 2017 he hired Kelly Baker as full time Sales & Business Development Manager.

JSI KELLY BAKERBaker earned a B.S.B.A. degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She worked as a sales representative for Capital Steel, Inc. for nearly five years before joining JSI. In addition to her JSI role, she is a Certified RYT-200 Yoga instructor in her spare time. “I love to help people,” she says. “Working with JSI is a lot more helpful to people than selling steel.”

At JSI, she is responsible for increasing the workload to provide continuing employment for employees. “Customer work that we attract offers our employees a sense of security and accomplishment, and a degree of financial independence. It also motivates our people. The things we do here and the people we benefit are gratifying in many ways.”

In the late 1960s, the State of Missouri passed legislation referred to as “Chapter 205.968 through 205.972 of the Revised Missouri Statutes.” This permitted counties to establish a mill tax for the purpose of developing and expanding sheltered workshops, residential and support services for their citizens with developmental disabilities.

In 1978 Jefferson County voters established the Jefferson County Commission for the Handicapped through the passage of “Proposition S – The Special Ones.” That year, Jefferson County Commissioners appointed the first handicapped facilities board consisting of nine members.

Essentially, JSI was founded in 1979 by a group of local parents whose adult children were developmentally disabled but could not find meaningful paying jobs. The local parents’ group and others in Missouri had advocated with legislators and business leaders to help establish the Jefferson County Commission for the Handicapped and to pass Proposition S.

JSI’s local umbrella organization is Developmental Disability Advocates, a Jefferson County governmental entity that administers county property tax dollars for services that benefit individuals with developmental disabilities. It provides resources to create opportunities.

In Missouri today, approximately 6,300 people with developmental disabilities earn money working at 90 sheltered workshops. The state’s system is known as the Extended Employment Sheltered Workshop Program.  It is not connected to Medicaid and it is funded by state, local, and business activities. Workshop employees are paid based on their ability to perform.  If an employee produces 50% of what a non-disabled person produces, they’re paid 50% of what that person makes. JSI employees who are developmentally disabled can earn wages of up to $10.34 per hour, depending on their abilities, Kuttenkuler says.

Good News

JSI LOGOKuttenkuler, who is a member of The Missouri Association of Sheltered Workshop Managers advocacy organization, recently announced some very good news. In October of this year, JSI achieved record-breaking operational results that were 10% higher than the organization’s previous record-breaking month. He credits JSI’s entire organization with achieving that milestone, including all of the facility’s employees and supervisors/managers Paula Aleto, Ken Curfman, David Schumer, Christie Schumer, Gena Dunn, Susan Wilds, and Sandy Suschank.

“We offer a big shout out and thanks from deep in our hearts to every one of our customer companies, without whom we could not achieve our mission and goals,” Kuttenkuler asserts.

Kuttenkuler and Baker are proud that JSI has been able to sustain employment for its workers so that the employees can have a place to go every day, maintain self esteem, and earn a paycheck.

Kuttenkuler says that the management skills he transferred from corporate business to JSI are not as different as some people might think. “The business skills are very similar,” he explains. “Like a corporation, JSI is a business – we make stuff, we sell stuff, we negotiate prices, and we generate income.”

“Managing employees who have developmental disabilities is not all that different from managing employees who do not have them. No matter who they are, employees everywhere are human beings and they deal with similar issues.”

For company testimonials about JSI employees’ commitment to their work and delivering high-quality results for customers, scroll through the JSI website.

“By working here, JSI employees gain internal motivation,” Baker asserts. “They feel accomplished as individuals and as part of a work-life community. Many have worked here for more than 20 years. Check us out. If your company has some work that we can do for you, let us know!” Call 636-296-6211. 

Story by Jeff Dunlap for the City of Arnold

20 12, 2018

Free New Dog Park

2018-12-20T10:25:49-06:00 December 20th, 2018|Latest News|

A FREE NEW DOG PARK is now open in Arnold and ready for you and your furry friends to enjoy!

It may be accessed through Ferd B. Lang Park via the new 1/2-mile walking trail and bridge in the back of the Park by the Birch Pavilion. It may also be accessed via Ozark Drive. The park’s address is 1839 Ozark Drive, Arnold, MO 63010.

The City of Arnold sincerely thanks The Home Depot for its donations of material and labor in helping to create this park for the citizens of Arnold and the surrounding community!

17 12, 2018

Open House Meetings for Revised FEMA Flood Maps

2019-01-15T12:15:19-06:00 December 17th, 2018|Latest News|

Overview of Arnold flooding areaWhy Attend?

  • Map changes may impact your flood insurance rates
  • There may be ways to ease any cost increases
  • Meet with City staff and representatives from other agencies to find your property on the preliminary flood maps and to discuss what it may mean for you

When and Where?

  • January 9  – Over 100 citizen attendees!
  • January 15 at 6 pm – 8 pm @ Arnold City Hall, 2101 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold MO 63010

Want More Information?

  • To see preliminary Flood Maps, visit here
    (Arnold map numbers: 29099C- 0108F, 0109F, 0116F, 0117F, 0119F, 0128F, 0129F, 0136F, 0138F, & 0139F)
  • Call the FEMA Map Information Exchange (FMIX) at 877-FEMA-MAP (877-336-2627)
  • For Federal Flood Insurance information, visit here
  • Call the City of Arnold’s Flood Map Info Line at 636-296-2100, ext. 1125

Standard Homeowners Insurance Does Not Cover Flooding


Mitigation for Homeowners
Sewer Backflow Valves
Build with Flood Damage Resistant Materials
Anchor Fuel Tanks
Raise Electrical System Components
Mitigación para dueños de vivienda

14 12, 2018

Jefferson College Ready to Assist Displaced Vatterott College Students

2018-12-19T12:45:37-06:00 December 14th, 2018|Latest News|

Jefferson College Arnold MOWith the sudden closure of Vatterott College locations across the region and country, Jefferson College (with locations in Hillsboro, Arnold, Imperial, and online) is stepping forward to explore degree options and other avenues to help address the financial and academic burden facing Vatterott students.

Jefferson College will assist displaced Vatterott students on a one-on-one basis to develop personalized education plans in attempt to align their coursework with possible options such as credit for prior learning. Jefferson College encourages any displaced Vatterott student who is thinking about quitting college not to give up, but stay the course to complete their Associate Degree or Career and Technical Certificate. The College has a variety of student support systems in place (ranging from an Academic Support Center to peer tutoring and disability support to childcare services on the Hillsboro campus) to help students succeed in over 40 career and technical programs.

Enrollment for Spring 2019 courses is still available in a variety of classes starting in early January. Other Jefferson College pathways may be identified as a viable option for displaced Vatterott students seeking to continue their academic path. Because the tuition rate at Jefferson College is $106 per credit hour, displaced students can enter Jefferson College’s programs and pay a fraction of the cost that they had been paying at Vatterott.

Jefferson College academic and student services staff are working to establish alternative pathways for similar Vatterott programs, as current and prospective students explore higher education options beyond those available at Vatterott. Jefferson College’s academic leadership is working to review current options that minimize the loss of credit many Vatterott students now face.

Displaced students who have questions about academics or financial aid are invited to attend a Student Resource Fair at Jefferson College Arnold (1687 Missouri State Road) from 9 am – 6 pm on Thursday, December 20. Jefferson College Enrollment Services and Financial Aid staff as well as representatives from academic programs will be available to provide guidance and answer questions. There is no cost to attend. No appointment is necessary.

Any student impacted by the Vatterott closure is encouraged to call the Jefferson College Student Help Hotline at (636) 481-3209 or 797-3000, ext. 3209 (TDD 636-789-5772).


12 12, 2018

With Deepest Sympathy

2018-12-14T10:19:51-06:00 December 12th, 2018|Latest News|

Dave OwensIt is our sad duty to announce the passing this morning of City of Arnold Councilman David Owens after a short illness.

Councilman Owens faithfully served the residents and businesses of Ward 2 for the past 3 years and 8 months. The City of Arnold is grateful for the service, vision, and dedication of this fine public servant and extends its condolences to the family of Councilman Owens.

Funeral arrangements for Councilman David Owens are being handled by Hoffmeister South County Chapel, 1515 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63125.

Visitation: Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm.

Funeral: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Chapel.

Interment is at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery.