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Boone Center Inc.
www.boonecenter.com / Sales: $20.8 million / HQ: St. Peters, Mo. / Employees: 400 / Specialty:
Contract packaging / Tony Spielberg, CEO: "I would put our workforce up against any of our competition."

Midwest

with a history spanning
nearly 60 years, bci has
grown to employ 300 adults
with disabilities.

Driven to Succeed

boone center achieves its ultimate vision by providing
meaningful employment. by janice hoppe-spiers
Boone Center Inc. (BCI) is driven to be an efficient and cost-effective
co-packer for companies looking for
an outsourced solution to their business needs. At the same time, it is dedicated to fulfilling its social mission
to provide jobs and opportunities for
adults with disabilities.
"We are a real co-packing, production and manufacturing facility
that will do $20 million in revenue
this year," CEO Tony Spielberg says.
"Most customers we have done work
with in the past say we outperform
our competitors in quality and pro-

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duction. I would put our workforce up
against any of our competition."
Margaret Holmes and Jane Crider
founded the St. Peters, Mo.-based
company nearly 60 years ago as a
home-based candle shop with a mission to employ adults with disabilities. "They started this business with
just one employee," Spielberg says.
"The support and response they received in the community strengthened their belief that everyone, regardless of ability, had the right and
deserved the chance to find fulfillment through work."

By the mid '70s, BCI employed 30
adults with disabilities and transitioned into a more industrial environment with subcontract work in light
assembly and hand packing. The company continued to grow and in 1990
purchased its first automated equipment. Today, BCI employs 300 adults
with disabilities, operates two facilities in Missouri and has about 100
staff members. "Over the last two to
three years, we have grown $5 million
in annual revenue and doubled our
production capabilities," Spielberg
notes. "Within the next month we'll
be operating 20 lines."

People and Programs
"This population gets overlooked so
much in the workforce," Spielberg
says. "We hire adults with disabilities
and can't say enough about our peo-


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