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Terry Thompson, an employee at West Central Industries, works behind the cashier's window Friday at the Kandiyohi County Recycling Center in Willmar. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

West Central Industries celebrates 50 years of service to Willmar, Minn., community

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WILLMAR -- West Central Industries helps people with disabilities find jobs and contribute to their communities.

The nonprofit company, founded in 1962, provides employment training, job placement and job retention programs for hundreds of people with disabilities.

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"Fifty years ago, most people with disabilities lived in a state hospital," said Charles Oakes, CEO.

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