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Our partnerships with leaders in the construction and manufacturing of components for builders provides training and trade skills in panelized framing; wall panels, floor panels and roof systems construction, as well as millwork, drywall, warehousing, project management, and logistics.

Case Study

EricksonOrganization: Erickson Companies, Chandler, AZ

Challenge: With the expansive housing market recovery in 2016, Erickson added a second shift at its facility in Chandler, AZ to build residential framing components to be shipped directly to the builder job sites around the valley. However, with the tight job market at the time, VP of Operations Larry Butts could not maintain a consistent work crew for that shift and projects were not being completed on time.

Solution: Working with the Labor Operations Team, an inmate work crew of 12 was bussed from ASP Phoenix West to their Chandler facility each day to ensure that the second shift was always fully staffed. “They did such a good job,” Larry said, “the day shift guys had to up their game!”

Over the years, another assembly operation was added within the ASPC Lewis prison complex and, prior to Covid, between the two operations 46 inmates were working with Erickson each day and one inmate was hired to work with them after his release. With the limited inmate availability during the pandemic, about 19 inmates are currently working with Ericson at the Lewis Prison operation. Once the crisis has passed they are hoping to resume operations at the pre-Covid levels as the residential construction continues to boom.

    “Since Erickson has partnered with ACI in 2016, they have consistently delivered a workforce that is reliable, highly productive, and effective to the overall company performance.”
    – Larry Butts, VP of Operations, Erickson Companies

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Case Studies

Ballard Truss
Organization: Ballard Truss, Mesa, AZ

Challenge: Like many construction industry operations, the managers at Ballard Truss were having a difficult time finding reliable skilled carpenters to assemble wooden trusses for the Arizona residential construction market.

Solution: The Labor Partnership team was able to find qualified inmate workers to supplement their civilian work crews. This successful partnership began in 2019 and, prior to the Covid crisis, employed 23 inmates each day (on average) between their Eloy, AZ and Winslow, AZ facilities. Currently 10 inmates are working with them daily at their facility inside the ASPC Winslow prison complex.


AZ Structural Laminators
Organization: AZ Structural Laminators, Eagar, AZ

Challenge: The managers at AZ Structural Laminators needed to find a steady work crew to fulfill orders in their growing business assembling wooden beams for Arizona construction industry.

Solution: The Labor Partnership team was able to find qualified inmate workers to supplement their civilian work crews. This successful partnership began in 2008 and, prior to the Covid crisis, employed 30 inmates each day (on average) from the ASPC Winslow prison complex to supplement their work crew at their Eagar, AZ facility and they had hired one inmate after his release as a full time employee. Though no inmates are currently available to travel outside the prison, they hope to be able to provide job skills training to inmate work crews again after the pandemic.


Paul Johnson Drywall
Organization: Paul Johnson Drywall, Phoenix, AZ

Challenge: The managers at Paul Johnson Drywall needed to find a steady work crew to assist in commercial construction projects with finishing interior walls for new and remodeling projects.

Solution: The Labor Partnership team was able to find qualified inmate workers to supplement their civilian work crews. This successful partnership began in 2019 and, prior to the Covid crisis, employed 14 inmates each day (on average) from the ASP Phoenix West prison complex to supplement their work crew at their Phoenix, AZ facility. Though no inmates are currently available to travel outside the prison, they hope to be able to provide job skills training to inmate work crews again after the pandemic.


Paul Johnson Drywall
Organization: L & L Manufactured Components, Inc., Tucson, AZ

Challenge: The managers at L & L Manufactured Components needed to find a steady work crew to build residential housing wooden trusses and wall framing units for Arizona market.

Solution: The Labor Partnership team was able to find qualified inmate workers to supplement their civilian work crews. This successful partnership began in 2020 and, prior to the Covid crisis, employed 6 inmates each day (on average) from the ASPC Tucson prison complex to supplement their work crew at their Phoenix, AZ facility. Though no inmates are currently available to travel outside the prison, they hope to be able to provide job skills training to inmate work crews again after the pandemic.