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Strong business demand is continuing to create job opportunities for qualified adults with developmental disabilities.


Valley Industries has job openings for adults with developmental disabilities. The ideal candidates for employment:

    • Have a diagnosed developmental disability such as Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy,
      or Autism Spectrum Disorder as examples or have had a traumatic brain injury before the age
      of 21.
    • Are a resident of St Louis County.
    • Have a valid social security card
    • Can register with the Family Care Safety Registry for background checks
    • Meet minimum productivity requirements
    • May have previously tried competitive employment but found they
      would be more successful in sheltered employment.
    • Should be able to work within a group setting and stay on task
    • Should be able to administer your own medications and complete self care tasks independently.
    • Are responsible for your own transportation whether provided by yourself, family, staff, bus, OATS, or Metro Call-A-Ride.
    • It is helpful to have a current Individual Support Plan which identifies your ability to work in sheltered employment.
    • Applicants under the age of 25 must have a Letter of Closure from Vocational Rehabilitation in order to apply for  employment in a sheltered workshop.

    To be considered for employment at Valley Industries eligible candidates should complete an
    employment application followed by a tour of Valley Industries and onsite job interview for
    employment consideration.

    Why Choose to Work at Valley Industries?

    • Safe, structured supervised ISO 9001:2015 Certified sheltered employment in a well maintained, modern 60,000 square foot production facility on 5 acres in Hazelwood Missouri.
    • Robust variety of customer projects which keep workers engaged and allows for rotation among various projects.
    • Opportunity for growth and advancement within production department, retail thrift store, custodial department, or quality control department.
    • On the Job Training Program for orientation and to help improve job skills.
    • Desirable day time work hours Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • We offer our workers paid benefits including term life, vacation, holiday, and sick pay. We also offer a voluntary 401K plan.
    • Other benefits for those who strive to achieve include quarterly perfect attendance award, worker of the month, worker of the year, king and queen of the Mayors’ Shamrock Charity Ball, service awards in increments of 5 years of service. There are also additional opportunities for social involvement with our monthly dances.
    • Safer access to public transportation. Metro bus #76 pulls safely onto the Valley Industries parking lot to drop off employees in the morning, and to pick them up in the afternoon via the Metro Valley Industries Loop.
    • We also partner with The Skills Center with Valley Industries for those who might be interested in seeking a pathway to competitive employment in the future.

    For more information contact Employee Service Provider Teri Wilson at
    (314) 731-1771 or email


In the 48 years that Valley Industries has been in business, we have always had a waiting list of people wanting to work here. In the past four years alone, we have hired 65 new workers. We decided to survey our employees to determine why they have chosen sheltered workshop employment over competitive/supported employment. The results were not surprising.  Of those who responded, 25% have had competitive employment but came to the workshop system to get more hours, find more success, and prefer the overall environment here. 42% were unsuccessful at either getting hired in other industries or succeeding for any length of time, so they came to the workshop. All of the respondents agreed that they want to work. They enjoy coming to work each day, earning their own money, helping their families, and love the sense of pride and accomplishment of a job well done.

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