It all began in the basement of a church in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
In 1966, a group of parents came together to discuss how to create opportunities for their adult children with disabilities. These parents—true pioneers of the modern inclusivity movement—came up with a solution that enabled their children to experience the dignity, independence, and sense of purpose that comes with employment. That solution was PRIDE Industries.
From our small beginnings over 55 years ago, PRIDE Industries has grown to become the nation’s leading employer of people with disabilities and those with other barriers to employment, including veterans and former foster youth. We employ individuals in diverse fields, including manufacturing and logistics and facilities management – all made possible by a wide spectrum of support services.
As PRIDE Industries has grown, so has the reach of its mission. We now share our unique expertise with companies of all sizes to help them achieve their diversity and inclusion goals – expanding our founders’ dream from a local effort into a service that benefits thousands of people across the country every year.
The world was a very different place in 1966 when PRIDE Industries got its start as Placer Rehabilitation Industries. In those early days, our employees made wind chimes, ceramics, and other craft products.
Placer Rehabilitation Industries is founded in a church basement in Auburn, California.
The California DMV awards the organization a landscape maintenance contract, marking an entry into a new line of business.
Increasing demand for its services leads PRIDE Industries to open a new facility at 300 Berry Street in Roseville, CA.
Michael Ziegler joins Placer Rehabilitation Industries. Mike’s business background and force of personality would turn a small nonprofit into the nation’s leading employer of people with disabilities. Through Mike’s visionary leadership, the company’s PRIDE Industries' business service offerings began to expand, creating more job opportunities in various fields.
Started electronics contract manufacturing services.
The Manufacturing and Logistics department wins a contract sorting and recycling products for Hewlett-Packard, Inc – starting a partnership of over 35 years with a global brand and expanding PRIDE Industries' capabilities.
Placer Rehabilitation Industries becomes PRIDE Industries.
PRIDE Industries’ Grass Valley facility opens.
PRIDE Industries wins its first AbilityOne (formerly NISH) contract sorting nuts, bolts, and scrap metal for the military at McClellan Air Force Base.
Company wins contract with Intel in Folsom, California. Contract later expands to Intel locations in Arizona, New Mexico, and Massachusetts.
PRIDE Industries merges with IMPAC - North Sacramento facility.
Four East Coast Commissaries awarded to PRIDE Industries: Little Creek Commissary Virginia, Norfolk Commissary Virginia; Annapolis Commissary Maryland, and Bolling Commissary Washington D.C.
The PRIDE Industries Foundation is created for fundraising to support internships, job coaching, on-the-job training, transportation, and assistive technologies for people with disabilities.
VSP Global selects PRIDE Industries’ custodial services for its Rancho Cordova, Calif. headquarters. PRIDE’s CIMS-GB with Honors certification helps VSP achieve LEED Platinum certification. The contract expands to 12 buildings including office buildings, laboratories, and manufacturing facilities in Ohio and California.
PRIDE Industries wins a federal facilities contract at Fort Bliss, Texas--its first federal contract outside of California.
PRIDE Industries earns its ISO 13485 Medical Device registration/certification.
The People Services Department starts offering Foster Youth Employment Services, providing job training and support to low-income youth aged 16 through 21.
Hewlett Packard names PRIDE Industries its 2010 Global Services Supplier of the Year.
PRIDE Industries signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Veterans Administration, recognizing our nationwide network of support and outreach programs for employing veterans.
PRIDE Industries’ vision is an inclusive world where people of all abilities have equal access to achieve their employment goals. Today, as company leaders realize the advantages of a diverse and inclusive workforce, PRIDE Industries is happy to lead by example and provide training on our inclusive model to realize that vision.
Jeff Dern is named President and CEO by PRIDE Industries Board of Directors.
PRIDE Industries and Partnerships with Industry (PWI) of San Diego officially combine operations.