play a pivotal role in our ability to fulfill our mission. Goodwill Industries receives donated clothing and household goods, and then sells these items in 14 retail facilities in Southeastern Ohio and Northwestern West Virginia. Retail sales fund Goodwill training programs. We recycle the items that do not sell and make every available use of your donations.
Goodwill Industries also generates revenue to fund training programs by helping community-based businesses fill gaps caused by labor shortages, time constraints and limited space or equipment. We train and employ industrial and contract workers to fill outsourced needs for packaging, assembly, custodial work, groundskeeping, wiping rags and more. The Ohio Department of Transportation, Ralston Foods, AK Steel, Lear Corporation, Sonoco Corporation, Nestle Purina, Girl Scouts of America, Kimble Mixer Corp., Kellogg's Corp. are among many of those who've tapped into our services.
Our recycling program has been operating since 1914. This program presently provides meaningful jobs for thirty-eight Goodwill Associates. It also positively impacts our environment by keeping the materials we recycle out of landfills.
During 2012 we recycled over 7,171 tons of materials such as:
The Workforce Development and Training Department has job developers, job coaches, and training specialists on staff to provide job coaching, work skills, life skills, and job placement services to individuals with barriers to employment.