Inmate Training Centers
PRIDE Enterprises operates 41 training centers providing work and training to inmates in 29 state correctional facilities throughout Florida. These training centers are grouped into strategic business units (SBUs). Each SBU is managed by General and Operations Managers with supervisory staff at each facility.

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Agriculture SBU
agriculture

PRIDE Agriculture SBU consists of Sugarcane, Citrus, Cattle, and Land Management, four vastly different industries ranging in distance from as far south as the Everglades, all the way north to the Florida-Georgia state line. All of the industries sell their products and services on a contractual basis to a few specific customers; PRIDE Land Management provides services for state owned lands leased to PRIDE.

Southern Florida Industries:

  • PRIDE Sugarcane operates in partnership with United States Sugar Corporation (USSC), the largest sugarcane grower, processor and refiner in the United States. With approximately 3,300 acres of farm land, PRIDE provides 100,000 tons of sugarcane each year to USSC. In 2009, PRIDE Sugarcane completed a move into a new building that put the Industry Office, Maintenance Shop, and Machinery and Equipment Storage under one roof.PRIDE's inmate workers receive USSC certified training as Farm Machinery Operators as well as training in Farm Equipment Repair, Combination Welding, and Diesel and Gas Engine Mechanics. PRIDE's inmate workers also plant and cultivate sugarcane, mow, and perform farm equipment and mechanical repair.

    Sugarcane is considered one of nature's most environmentally friendly crops, because it requires little fertilizer or pesticides. Long considered an industry leader in environmental issues, United States Sugar Corporation has the newest cane sugar refinery and the first fully-integrated cane sugar milling and refining factory in the United States. They supply nearly 10% of the sugar produced in America and provide a full spectrum of sugar products — from 2-pound consumer bags to 200,000-pound bulk rail cars of sugar to the food processing industry. USSC runs its raw sugar mill and refinery on bagasse, the residual cane fiber from the milling process, making them energy self-sufficient. Sugarcane is a clean, green and renewable energy source.

  • PRIDE Citrus produces Hamlin and Valencia oranges to sell to local juice processors for distribution throughout the United States.In 2005, PRIDE Citrus became one of the first growers to adopt the practice of fighting greening and citrus canker with an aggressive nutritional program. Since starting that program PRIDE’s yields have been increasing and, in 2009, recorded the highest pound solids for its fruit in its 25-year history.

    Inmates at PRIDE Citrus receive training, certified by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, in citrus equipment operation, equipment maintenance and repair, diesel and gas mechanics, welding, low volume irrigation, fertilizer/pesticide application, scouting and pest identification, grove safety, tree planting and care, harvesting, etc..

  • PRIDE Cattle operates in partnership with various private beef cattle operations throughout the state. PRIDE inmate workers train and carry out operations at PRIDE Cattle South (Hendry CI), PRIDE Cattle North (Union CI), and PRIDE Cattle West (Apalachee CI).

    PRIDE Cattle inmate workers receive training that is certified by the Florida Department of Education in farm machinery operation, livestock production, livestock health, livestock handling, hay and seed production, pasture management, and horsemanship. In 2009, all three cattle operations had over a 90% pregnancy rate. PRIDE Cattle is also dedicated to the eradication of all invasive plants species on their land and works closely with IFAS and the local county extension service.

Northern Florida industries:

  • PRIDE Cattle operates in partnership with various private beef cattle operations throughout the state. PRIDE inmate workers train and carry out operations at PRIDE Cattle South (Hendry CI), PRIDE Cattle North (Union CI), and PRIDE Cattle West (Apalachee CI).

    PRIDE Cattle inmate workers receive training that is certified by the Florida Department of Education in farm machinery operation, livestock production, livestock health, livestock handling, hay and seed production, pasture management, and horsemanship. In 2009, all three cattle operations had over a 90% pregnancy rate. PRIDE Cattle is also dedicated to the eradication of all invasive plants species on their land and works closely with IFAS and the local county extension service.

  • PRIDE Land Management oversees approximately 15,000 acres of state owned forestland leased to PRIDE in four Florida counties. The land is being utilized to maintain a sustainable forest inventory. PRIDE Forestry maintains the health and productivity of the forest in its care with foresight and precaution, relying on established best management practices and an attitude of attentiveness and respect for the land. Some of the trees are harvested for use as lumber.

    A PRIDE inmate working in land management will be involved in all aspects of forestry from reforestation, prescribe burning, road maintenance to learning how to operate dozers and motor graders and workers receive accreditation from the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau, American Wood Protection Association and the Florida Department of Transportation.

    At the heart of PRIDE Land Management’s duties is the preservation of the health of the land under our care. PRIDE’s management plan is attentive to rare or endangered species and ecosystems, soil and water conservation, and recreational use of the land by the public. Florida’s generations will continue to find these forests well taken care of while in the capable hands of PRIDE and its inmate workers.

  • PRIDE Cattle operates in partnership with various private beef cattle operations throughout the state. PRIDE inmate workers train and carry out operations at PRIDE Cattle South (Hendry CI), PRIDE Cattle North (Union CI), and PRIDE Cattle West (Apalachee CI).

    PRIDE Cattle inmate workers receive training that is certified by the Florida Department of Education in farm machinery operation, livestock production, livestock health, livestock handling, hay and seed production, pasture management, and horsemanship. In 2009, all three cattle operations had over a 90% pregnancy rate. PRIDE Cattle is also dedicated to the eradication of all invasive plants species on their land and works closely with IFAS and the local county extension service.

Services SBU
services

Unlike other PRIDE Strategic Business Units, Services is comprised of individual industries that are operated independently of one another. Therefore, the Services individual business units are each responsible for generation of their respective sales; there is no centralized sales force. An Operations Manager, reporting to a General Manager, has direct oversight responsibility for these industries.

  

  • PRIDE Tire Retread operates one of the largest retreading businesses in the state of Florida producing high quality, retread tires with a variety treads for commercial vehicles. They are a member of the Tire Industry Association and the International Tire Retreading Association. Economically and environmentally friendly, PRIDE’s tire retreading industry is highly regulated using a 12-step assurance and inspection testing process that has enabled the industry to receive an “A” rating by the National Tire Dealers and Retreaders’ Association. PRIDE Tire Retread is a leader in recycling rubber products as part of its eco-friendly initiatives.
    PRIDE Tire has continued to improve their processes and streamline production. Four new inspection machines were added; two are used for initial inspection of the tire casings before they are put into the production line and two are used to ensure quality during the final inspection process.  The inventory control system was revamped and overall inventory was reduced by approximately 25%.

    Inmate workers can receive certification from the Florida Department of Education in over 20 occupations including Chamber Operation, Chemical Inventory Control, Tire Finisher & Inspector, and Tire Inspector. Training includes Tire Inspection, Repair, Building and Curing, Quality Assurance, Material Handling, Forklift Operation, Shipping & Receiving.

  • PRIDE Optical Lab is the only state-approved Optical Apprentice Program in the Florida correctional system. The PRIDE Optical Lab recently purchased a new edger machine that enables lenses to be grooved for rimless frames. Previously, these types of lenses would have to be processed by an outside lab. Over 100,000 pairs of glasses are manufactured every year by the trainees at PRIDE Optical.
    At one of two locations with a female inmate population, trainees in the PRIDE program at Broward CI learn about all aspects of the manufacture of eyeglasses to prescription. PRIDE Optical is a selective provider for Medicaid recipients and possesses all licenses and certifications required for Optical Lab certification.

    PRIDE Optical inmate workers are certified by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and the Florida Department of Education and receive certified training in eight different programs including Optical Surface Technician, Optical Finishing Technician, Optical Surfacing Technician, Accounting Clerk and Computer Operator. These and other operations require specialized skills in which the inmate workers are trained.

  • PRIDE Dental Lab trains inmate workers in the production of Full and Partial Dentures, Bridge and Crown Restoration and Orthodontic Appliances to prescription. They were the first correctional dental lab in the United States to achieve certification as a program to develop Certified Laboratory Technicians (CDT). This certification was received from the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology. The attained skill and knowledge of the CDT is highly desirable to laboratories. Having this certification provides the dental technician with the advantage of higher salary and job satisfaction. The knowledge gained by the CDT during the certification process assures the laboratory owner, dental customer and the public that this individual is a true student of the profession and is committed to excellence.

    PRIDE Dental Lab exceeded the 2009 annual sales budget with robust sales despite production limitations due to space and occupancy restrictions. Construction began on a 2,000 sq. ft. building addition that will provide relief to the cramped quarters and allow for an increase in production in 2010.
    PRIDE is proud of the fact that they are the only prison dental lab to accomplish this feat

    The PRIDE Dental Lab had five inmate technicians challenge the National Board of Certification exam to become Certified Dental Technicians; all five are now certified. PRIDE is proud of the fact that they are the only prison dental lab to accomplish this feat.

    PRIDE Dental Lab continues to experience robust sales despite production limitations due to space and occupancy restrictions. Construction began on a 2,000 sq. ft. building addition that will provide relief to the cramped quarters and allow for an increase in production beginning in 2010.

    PRIDE’s inmate workers receive training in 16 programs including Orthodontics, Partial and Complete Denture Technician, Acrylic and Flexible Partials, Quality Assurance and Case Surveying, Ceramic Crowns and Bridges, Implants, Laboratory Aide, Tooth Selection and Case Management.  Numerous accreditations include United States Department of Justice, Nation Board of Certification, Florida Dental Laboratory Association, Kentucky Board of Dentistry, Texas State Board of Dental Examiners and the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry.

  • PRIDE Warehouse Services receives returned items from retail stores throughout the Southeast and re-faces and repackages them for resale. PRIDE's inmate workers receive training in Inventory Management, Warehousing, Shipping and Receiving Operations, Forklift Operations and Order Entry Clerk. Training programs are certified by the Florida Department of Education.

  • PRIDE Heavy Vehicle Renovation specializes in renovating and building emergency vehicles for command and control, SWAT, and other Emergency Services and Law Enforcement uses. PRIDE fabricates many of the bodies and compartments used on these vehicles, such as underside storage, electrical generator sets, reel compartments, security cages, wheel chair lifts, and other custom items. PRIDE Heavy Vehicle Renovation features a complete body shop and paint facility, a graphic art department, metal fabricators and welders, and an experienced carpentry department. PRIDE's trainees and staff tailor each project to meet the customers' needs, working with customers' budgetary constraints and special needs for vehicles that will be in service for years to come.

    Inmates are trained in auto body restoration, vehicle renovation, and heavy vehicle engine repair and maintenance. PRIDE Trainees can become certified in their trade by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), American Welding Society (AWS), The Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) Commission, and the Florida Department of Education (DOE).

  • PRIDE Food Processing trainees process Ground Meat and Poultry products for retail and institutional accounts. PRIDE Food Processing recently completed construction of a 9,000 sq. ft. freezer with a 1,000 sq. ft. blast cell, capable of -30 degrees F. The blast cell freezes most items overnight and cuts production turn-around time in half. A new process was implemented that reduced the possibility of product pathogen contamination. The retrofit of current equipment saved thousands of dollars in new equipment costs.
    The facility is United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and HACCP certified with an onsite USDA daily inspection. PRIDE’s inmate workers receive certified training from the Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida and the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).  Training is conducted in over 20 programs including Patty Machine Operations, Meat Grinding Operations, Food Developer and Tester, Batch Master, Quality Assurance Tester and Equipment Cleaner.

Sewn Products SBU
sewn products

With operations in five Florida correctional institutions, PRIDE’s Sewn Products SBU provides a wide range of products to both state and private customers. The Sewn Products team approaches sales in creative ways which allows them to gain a greater understanding of the product needs for both existing and potential customers. This focus on the client’s needs and specific requirements enables PRIDE to develop product solutions and to establish an enhanced rapport with the customer. The capability to fabricate custom products at PRIDE’s own factories has become a value-added benefit to many customers. PRIDE offers the convenience of on-site sizing and wear-test samples to customers, which allows Sewn Products to sell more effectively to public safety organizations, especially Fire and EMS departments. The manufacture of “private label” items by PRIDE permits the retailer to sell the goods as “Made in the USA" and to support PRIDE’s social mission.

  • The inmate workers at PRIDE Bedding Supplies obtain certification from Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University and Jones-Riley Associates.

    PRIDE Bedding has purchased equipment to begin to produce vinyl weld mattresses in 2010 and the initial response to the new product line has been overwhelmingly positive. Bedding Supplies has also provided fulfillment operations for a Florida State Agency for the past several years.

    PRIDE’s inmate workers receive training in Material Cutting, Sewing Machine Operation and Maintenance, Pillow Box Machine Operation, Mattress Tufting, Die Clicker Machine Operations, Inventory Control, and Warehouse Operations. Proud to be “Made in America,” PRIDE Bedding Supplies offers competitive pricing to compete with the overseas production suppliers. This location is a certified PIE operation site.

  • PRIDE Uniforms has been ISO 9001:2000 certified since 2009, the third PRIDE industry to achieve this level of excellence.

    They are certified by Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University and received National Fire Protection Association certification for their Wildland Fire Fighting clothing and NOMEX products; this certification opens doors for additional contract work for companies that require domestic manufacturing with stringent specifications. They are a PIE certified plant for Contract Sewing.

    One of two PRIDE locations with a female inmate population (PRIDE Optical Lab is the other location), these inmate workers are trained in Garment Construction, Sewing and Pressing Machine Operation and Maintenance, Garment Clipping and Inspection, Inventory Control, Quality Control, and Shipping and Receiving. Proud to be “Made in America,” PRIDE Uniforms offers competitive pricing and provides an alternative to overseas production.

  • PRIDE Footwear inmate workers are certified by the Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University and Ro-Search Inc.

    In 2009, PRIDE Footwear added several products as a result of the closing of the PRIDE industry at Lawtey CI. Socks have been added to the product line, a complement to the boots that are already being manufactured. Additionally, a line of medical scrub wear is being manufactured at this location, as well as garments for the growing school cafeteria uniform business.

    Producing high quality products for retail and institutional accounts, PRIDE’s inmate workers receive training in Garment Construction and Cutting, Stitching, Cloth and Rubber Die Cutting, Sock Knitting, Vulcanizing, Milling Rubber, Equipment Operations and Maintenance, Inventory Control, Quality Control, Warehouse and Forklift Operations. Proud to be “Made in America,” PRIDE Footwear offers competitive pricing to combat the overseas production suppliers.

  • PRIDE Garment inmate workers are certified by the Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University.

    PRIDE Garment successfully expanded its production of officer uniform shirts. As a part of necessary security measures for officer uniforms, a changing room was built for inmates to change into orange jumpsuits for work in the building. Power rails and air lines for the new equipment were installed, as were fences, cameras and an alarm system to enhance security.

    PRIDE’s inmate workers receive training in Garment Construction, Sewing and Pressing Machine Operation and Maintenance, Quality Control Standards, Garment Inspection, Inventory Control and Shipping and Receiving. Proud to be “Made in America” PRIDE Garment offers competitive pricing to combat the overseas production suppliers. This plant is a certified PIE site for Contract Sewing and is currently pursuing ISO certification.

  • PRIDE Institutional Products inmate workers are certified by Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University.

    PRIDE Institutional Products has expanded sales opportunities by pursuing ISO certification in order to partake of the contract sewing work available. There is room for growth at this facility and an outstanding job has been done in providing an assortment of Institutional clothing to an ever-changing market. Custom screen printing of the garments is also done at this location.

    PRIDE’s inmate workers receive training in Garment Construction, Garment Cutting, Sewing and Pressing Machine Operation and Maintenance, Garment Screen Printing, Quality Control Standards, Garment Inspection, Inventory Control, and Shipping and Receiving. Proud to be “Made in America” PRIDE Institutional Products offers competitive pricing to combat the overseas production suppliers.

  • PRIDE Cutting & Distribution inmate workers are certified by the Clemson Apparel Research, Clemson University and provide pattern markers, cut goods, custom embroidery, screen printing and distribution services to Sewn Products Division industries.

    PRIDE’s inmate workers receive training in Garment Screen Printing, Custom Embroidery, Pattern and Marker Making, Spreading and Cutting of Fabric, Inventory Control, Warehousing and Computer Data Entry and Project Entry.

General Manufacturing SBU
manufacturing

PRIDE’s Furniture Industries achieved mixed financial results in 2008; some enjoyed a healthy increase in sales, while others experienced a decline. The Furniture sales team moved out of their comfort zone to pursue new opportunities in non-traditional areas, i.e.: nursing homes, hospitals, day care centers, cruise lines, churches, libraries, and medical facilities. New collateral materials were developed to target specific market and contract manufacturing sectors. With the downturn in the economy and reduced governmental budgets, PRIDE’s Refurbishment Services experienced resurgence in popularity. Refurbishment is appealing to end-users due to its environmentally friendly characteristics and it restores furniture to like-new condition for a fraction of the cost of new products. Although the demand (and price) for a barrel of oil fluctuated wildly in 2008, the demand for specialty marine furniture from PRIDE Metal Products was unabated. The marine industry has proven to be a significant growth opportunity for Metal Products. Their success with off-shore oil rigs and other marine customers has also created opportunities for PRIDE’s Wood Products business. Despite the introduction of a new laminate and veneer office furniture line, sales of wood furniture products have been very depressed. However, a new offering of furniture designed for pre-K and day care facilities offers promise, as does a new line of university lounge furniture.

  • PRIDE Seating & Panel Systems produces high-quality Office Furniture, Cubicle (Modular Office) Systems and Furniture, Library and Media Center furnishings, Detention Furniture, Case Goods, Dormitory, and Home and Lounge Furniture.

    PRIDE Seating and Panel Systems has continued to win new facility projects state-wide ranging from a three (3) cubicle site expansion to a state-of-the-art Regional State department facility. An additional focus has been providing furniture for school and county libraries and updating lobby furnishings. In the past two years, PRIDE has introduced seven new chair lines as a result of working hand-in-hand with their customers to develop new products. Many customers are turning to refurbishing their existing product instead of buying new furniture which has resulted in doubling the plant’s refurbishing business. Partnering with current vendors and developing new vendors has achieved excellent cost reduction results and production opportunities. Through it all, the focus continues to be on inmate on-the-job training and Mission Goals.

    PRIDE Seating and Systems has won numerous industry awards including New Chair Development, Custom Made Woodworking and Refurbishing Networking.

    PRIDE inmate workers are trained in 50 certified programs including Computer Assisted Design Drafting (CADD), Wood Fabrication, Wood Milling, Industrial Machinery Operation, Woodworking and Welding, Fabric Layout, Sewing, Upholstering and Assembly, Furniture Refurbishing, Furniture Assembly, Finishing, Powder Coating, Inventory Management, Quality Control, Administrative Assistant, Shipping and Receiving.

  • PRIDE Wood Products produces high quality Office Furniture, Detention Furniture, Case Goods, Dormitory, and Home and Lounge Furniture. The industry has won numerous industry awards including Outstanding “Kaizan” Training and Customer Service Awards for Commitment to Customer Satisfaction.

    PRIDE Wood Products recently developed a number of new products which are being viewed with great interest by our customers. Circulation desks show potential for expanding the library/media business. A new kiosk product design has been developed and soon will be visible in various sporting good stores in Florida. A line of furniture is being developed for off-shore customers and plans for developing church/courthouse benches are almost complete.

    Inmate workers at PRIDE Wood Products are trained in over 20 certified programs including Wood Fabrication, Wood Milling, Industrial Machinery Operation, Woodworking, Fabric Layout, Upholstering and Assembly, Computerized CADD Design & Drafting, Computerized Inventory Management, Drill Press Operator, CNC Operator, Computerized Panel Saw Operator, Computerized Edge Bander, Hardwood Edge Bander, Advanced Finishing Operation, Computerized Router, Quality Control, Quality Control Shipping and Quality Control Receiving.

  • PRIDE Metal Products designs and manufactures custom high-quality metal furniture for education, health care, parks & recreation, detention and law enforcement, fire and rescue, marine, government and military markets, as well as commercial accounts.

    The addition of a CNC laser cutter machine and CNC presses has expanded the plant’s capacity and provides the necessary equipment to enter into new markets with innovative products. A recent building expansion has provided much needed space for the new equipment and inventory storage. The result has been increased productivity driven by improved flow of materials. Now able to compete in a world-class market, PRIDE Metal Products has successfully met the demands of an increasingly sophisticated global customer base.

    PRIDE inmate workers are trained in every area of production and are involved in the entire manufacturing process. They are trained in 50 certified programs including Computer-Assisted Design Drafting (CADD), MIS Systems Specialist, Machinist, Tool and Die Maker, Metal Fabrication, Welding Fabrication, Drill Press Operator, Metal Saw Operator, Quality Control, Materials Handler, Forklift Operator, Punch and Notch Press Operator, Milling Machine Operator, Mechanical Drafting, Bid Estimator, Metal Grinding, Finishing and Painting, Inventory Control, Shipping and Receiving, and others.

  • PRIDE Paint training is certified by the Rolla Coating Institute, of the University of Missouri.

    PRIDE Paint is a producer of Environmentally Safe, Water Based Road Paint approved and accredited by the Florida and Georgia Departments of Transportation. Products are tested and certified in an in-house, state-of-the art lab to meet stringent, quality driven customer specifications.

    In 2009, PRIDE Paint sales exceeded expectations. Private sector sales grew significantly with new striping contractors and paint distribution outlets being added throughout Florida and the Southeast. The addition of Federal stimulus money to road and bridge projects definitely had a positive effect on paint sales.

    PRIDE has been working with FDOT to develop a paint product with durability properties that rival those of hot spray thermoplastic. This high durability paint would open up a new market that has traditionally been serviced by thermoplastic products. Laboratory specifications have been developed and an outdoor certification test (“deck test”) will be scheduled in 2010.

    PRIDE inmate workers are trained in certified programs including Paint Mixing, Liquid Setup and Labeling, Warehousing, Forklift Operations and Quality Control. Training includes Material Handling, Use of Lab Testing Equipment, Paint Mix and Packaging, Hazardous Material Specifications, Inventory Control, Shipping and Receiving.

  • The PRIDE Tag/License Plates plant is a high-capacity manufacturing facility with the ability to manufacture 8 million license plates per year.

    In 2009, the state of Florida transitioned from a 5-year to a 10-year license plate creating available manufacturing capacity to support the needs for foreign, other states, federal, county/city government, or private entity needs. All license plates are made from conversion coated aluminum and high-quality 3M vinyl sheeting and inks.

    The Tag Plant works with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and the 3M Company to develop new specialty tags that support various organizations across the state. In 2009, five new specialty license plates were created that further expanded the variety of specialty tags for Florida’s citizens to choose from. The vanity (front-end) plate product line was increased to provide additional choices for organizations to identify themselves or to use in fund raising activities across the state.

    A 2010 highlight for the Tag Plant is the completion of our embossing press configuration/standardization program. These configuration changes increased our manufacturing flexibility, enhanced production capacity, and improved tag quality. In 2009, we replaced upgraded our curing oven’s temperature control system with ultra violet sensors. The new ultra violet temperature sensors provide accurate oven control system inputs needed to maintain precise curing temperatures and proper ink and sheeting hardness requirements. PRIDE Tag/License Plates has received numerous awards including National Corrections Association Awards and State Davis Productivity Awards.

    PRIDE’s inmate workers are trained in certified programs including Laminating Machine Operator, Embossing Press Setup and Operator, Coating Machine Operator, Shear Operator, Quality Assurance, Inventory Control, Shipping and Receiving, Production Management and Fork Lift Operator. PRIDE Tag Plant’s primary goal is to offer all their workers the opportunities to rehabilitate themselves by helping them to become productive members in society upon release.

  • PRIDE Sanitary Maintenance & Supply provides customers with quality products and exceptional services, training, and innovative solutions. Research and development of new products is ongoing while ISO requirements and procedures require that our products meet the customer’s expectation for usage and performance.

    As part of its Quality Management System, SM&S offers extensive, and sometimes intensive, training in the requirements of the American National Standard, ISO 9001:2008. Certification programs offered including ISO Internal Auditing and Lead Auditor, both of which entail specialized learning that can give any prospective employee an edge. Internally, ISO certification offers classes in New Hire ISO Orientation, Job Specific Procedures and Instructions, and Quality Team Member.

    PRIDE SM&S has a comprehensive training and development program for both its inmate and civilian employees. Through classes offered both internally and externally, SM&S is able to maintain a highly effective and efficient workforce that prepares inmate workers for their re-entry to the outside labor force.

    PRIDE SM&S inmate workers receive extensive On-the-Job Training (OJT) in different fields receiving PRIDE’s bronze, gold and silver training certificates for all departments. PRIDE also offers courses from the Electronics Technicians Association (ETA), and certifications from Florida Atlantic Marine University (FAMU) & Florida Department of Education (DOE) for all completed employee training modules.

  • PRIDE Laundry Services inmate workers monitor and maintain operation of commercial laundry equipment in Work Release Centers throughout the state of Florida.

    PRIDE inmate workers are trained in Customer Service, Inventory controls, Hazardous Material Handling, and Transport, Quality Control, Shipping and Receiving.

  • PRIDE Lumber Products operations include a fully functional lumber mill, planer mill, post and pole peelers, and a wood treatment facility. Primary products include quality untreated and treated Southern Pine lumber, fencing materials, outdoor furniture, and marine products.

    Lumber products recently enhanced its customer service by adding two trailer-mounted delivery forklifts. The dedicated team of truck drivers excel at efficiently and carefully delivering customers’ material on time and unloading as requested. Another upgrade has been the addition of several outdoor furniture products made from recycled plastic lumber. Trashcan receptacles, picnic tables, and benches have been redesigned to utilize the new innovative “green” plastic lumber. Customers now have the option of purchasing these new recycled products in a variety of colors or the traditional wooden outdoor furniture products for which PRIDE is known.

    PRIDE’s inmate workers receive accreditation from the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau, American Wood Protection Association and the Florida Department of Transportation. Certificate programs include Forest Management, Sawmill Operations, Planermill Operations, Forestry Operations, Pressure Treatment Plant Operations, Heavy Equipment Operations and Park Furniture Assembly. These operations require trained skills in Lumber Grading, Post/pole Sizing and Grading, Lumber Measurement, Care and use of Saws, Drill Presses and Mortisers, Lumber Stacking and Storage, Unit Conversions (board-feet, cubic feet, cords), use of Property, Plant and Equipment, use of Material Handling Machinery (forklifts, front end loaders, dozers), Reading Plans and Engineering Drawings.

Graphics & Digital SBU
graphics

The printing industry in Florida was particularly depressed by the downturn in the general economy and reduced government spending. PRIDE’s Graphics SBU sales were approximately 15% below the 2007 level. Despite the reduced level of sales, there were many positive developments for Graphics. Growth in fulfillment services appears very promising. Perhaps even more encouraging is the demand for utility billing services, where PRIDE provides complete utility invoicing and mailing services. This service represents a significant savings to budget strapped public utilities.

PRIDE’s School Planner product was modified and expanded to include three new basic planner options. The new planner offering now enables schools to select from a number of standard options that are competitively priced and stocked in inventory for rapid on-time delivery. Custom planners are also available, if desired. The Specialty Graphics Industry was awarded a 12 month contract for the production of approximately 20 million validation decals by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The contract commenced on July 1, 2008, following a very short product development window.

Graphics sales representatives redoubled their presence in many smaller markets and continued to sell their mainstay products of business cards, advertising specialties, binders, decals, and specialty printing.

  • The PRIDE Box factory produces approximately 950 styles of high-quality corrugated boxes, corrugated components and specialty items for business and industry, including custom specialty products such as target backs, recyclable corrugated trash cans and custom displays.

    PRIDE Box is a leader in recycling paper products as part of our Eco friendly initiatives and has received numerous industry awards including those for Quality Control and Inmate Training.

    PRIDE inmate Workers are trained in Silk Screen and Graphic Reconstruction, Die Cutting, Band Saw, Slotter Machine Operation and Maintenance, Inventory Management, Quality Control, and Shipping and Receiving.

  • PRIDE Specialty Graphics’ quality work and dedication to precision have helped them to win numerous print and decal awards.

    PRIDE Specialty Graphics has recently experienced an increase in sales, primarily from established traditional state, county and municipal government accounts. The development of new markets and new products also generated significant sales. An emphasis has been placed on efforts for growth among new customers, the competitive bidding market and new product development. Products produced at this industry include screen printing, decals, binders, signage, and file folders.

    PRIDE Specialty Graphics annually receives numerous awards, including the following from 2009: Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Gold award for Madison County EMS, Florida Print Awards, Award for Excellence for Fellows Program/Governors’ Office Magnet, Florida Print Awards - Award of Excellence for Mississippi State Fire Academy Decal, Florida Print Awards - Best of Category for Fellows Program/Governors’ Office Magnet, Florida Print Awards, Best of Category for Georgetown, SC Fire Dept. Decal.

    Including the following from 2009: Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Gold award for Madison County EMS, Florida Print Awards, Award for Excellence for Fellows Program/Governors’ Office Magnet, Florida Print Awards - Award of Excellence for Mississippi State Fire Academy Decal, Florida Print Awards - Best of Category for Fellows Program/Governors’ Office Magnet, Florida Print Awards, Best of Category for Georgetown, SC Fire Dept. Decal.

  • PRIDE North Florida Graphics uses state-of-art Computer and Print Press Technology to produce commercial off-set Print Collateral.

    PRIDE North Florida Graphics has continued to expand their influence in the student planner market in Florida, and also increased sales to out-of-state customers as well, a trend expected to continue in the future. The facility consistently meets the public demand for quality commercial and contract billing/mailing services by offering state-of-the-art computer and print press equipment, exceptional on-time delivery, and commitment to detail.

    PRIDE North Florida Graphics annually receives numerous awards including Printing Industries of Florida, Inc. – Awards for Excellence, Judges Award, Top Honors and Best of Category.

    PRIDE inmate workers are trained in Commercial Off-set Print Operations and Maintenance, Pre-Press and Large Press Operations and Maintenance, Bindery and Finishing, Computer to Plate and Desktop Publishing, Inventory Management, Quality Control, Shipping and Receiving.

  • PRIDE Central Florida Graphics has received multiple print awards from the Printing Association of Florida.

    At PRIDE Central Florida Graphics, 2009 saw a marked increase in Direct Mail Services. Over a dozen governmental and non-profit agencies are now utilizing the new direct mailing capabilities. Additionally, services expanded to include envelope stuffing, labeling, folding and the printing of variable data onto newsletters, reports and information flyers. By increasing services and expanding the clientele base, cost savings were realized on both postage and shipping. This increase in production also highlighted the need for an additional high speed copier. Production in this area has increased from 40% to 65% and the search continues for new opportunities to grow the business.

    PRIDE Central Florida Graphics offers full service printing of stationery products (letterhead, envelopes, and business cards), forms, calendars, brochures, and booklets. Services provided include invoicing and mailing fulfillment, desktop publishing, die cutting, foil stamping, and forms management. PRIDE Central Florida Graphics has received multiple print awards from the Printing Association of Florida.

    PRIDE Central Florida Graphics' Certificate Programs are awarded to trainees by the Florida Department of Education for a variety of commercial print operations including customer service, administrative, and general office procedures, Computer to Plate and desktop publishing functions, small and large offset press operations, inventory management, quality control, and shipping and receiving. A Graphics Arts certificate is awarded through Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Other skills taught include reading for information, locating and analyzing information, applied mathematics, computer proficiency, and job readiness.

  • PRIDE South Florida Graphics uses state-of-art Computer and Print Press Technology to produce commercial off-set print collateral.

    South Florida Graphics has earned respect and confidence by producing a quality product and satisfying their customer’s needs. A calendar produced for the Jupiter Police Department received the Judges Award from the Printing Association of Florida. Certificates of Appreciation and Excellence were issued to them by one of their largest customers. PRIDE South Florida Graphics annually receives other numerous awards including Printing Industries of Florida, Inc. – Awards for Excellence, Judges Award, Top Honors and Best of Category.

    PRIDE inmate workers are trained in Commercial Off-set Print Operations and Maintenance, Pre-Press and Large Press Operations and Maintenance, Bindery and Finishing, CTP and Desktop Publishing, Inventory Management, Quality Control, Shipping and Receiving. All inmate workers are certified by Florida’s Department of Education as “Ready to Work”. A “Ready to Work” certification assures potential employers that the recipient of the certification has the basic skill sets to perform successfully in entry level jobs.

  • PRIDE Digital Services uses state-of-art Computer Technology, Scanners and Imaging to provide premier document and content management solutions.

    PRIDE Digital Services digitizes and indexes working and archival documents, reducing customer’s costs associated with document storage, work processes and personnel. Many of PRIDE’s customers have availed themselves of this cost-saving, quality service.

    Digital Services recently expanded its product offering with Direct Mailing Operations (DMO). DMO involves providing mailing services for customer invoicing. It is an exciting high-growth field whose demand is unaffected by recessionary pressures, thus helping to stabilize revenue streams in down years

    PRIDE inmate workers are trained in Computer Software, Data Reduction Technician, Data Entry Operator, Scanning Technician, Inventory Management, Quality Control, and Shipping and Receiving.

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