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Fiesta Canning, McNeal, AZ


Challenge: This small food processing plant in southeastern Arizona needed the ability to increase and decrease the size of their work crews in relation to harvesting seasons. When the pepper crops come in, they need to quickly get them packaged and sent to markets across Arizona.

Solution: One of the strengths of the Labor Partnership program is that the private business partner can change the size of their work crew to meet their weekly needs. This successful partnership began in 2014, employing inmates who were bussed from ASPC Douglas to their facility in McNeal. Currently, two ex-offenders were hired post release. This partnership helps inmates learn real-world jobs skills as they prepare and can peppers for Arizona grocery stores.