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Company looks to fill vacant building on Quincy’s north side

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An Illinois company is re-energizing a vacant building on Quincy's north side. The company is called Challenge Unlimited. They employ and help people with special needs gain skills in order to join the workforce.

The building sits along Locust Street on the corner of 17th. The company says it's renovations to this place are taking longer than expected but they're almost done.

"This particular facility is going to house the skills training program which will be a program for training and employment opportunities for people with significant developmental and intellectual disabilities," Challenge Unlimited Director of Skills Training Susan Wild.

Wild said their program is funded through the Illinois Department of Human Services. It will train those people in a number of areas.

"One of them being production type activities so we do a lot of packaging and assembly type work, inspecting, labeling, different parts for companies," she said.

They'll also train in other areas such as cleaning services. Once the facility opens, they hope to bring in and train nearly 50 people right away.

"The goal is to teach them skills so they can eventually be ready for a job in the community whatever that job is that they're looking for," said Wild.

Wild said they already have met with local companies to set up work for the people who sign up for the program.

"We will bring the work into our facility and be able to have our individuals work on those projects here with staff training and support," she said.

Officials with the company said they will go through licensing with the state next. They hope to be up and running within the next couple of months.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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