Marshall-Starke Development Center, Inc., a not-for-profit organization providing comprehensive rehabilitive, vocation and educational services for developmentally disabled individuals was formed in 1965 by a small group of concerned and dedicated individuals striving to plan how to provide services and programs for the disadvantaged. Most of these individuals were themselves parents of children with a disability. With the help of the community and corporations, a building fund was established and in October 1976, Marshall-Starke Development Center opened at 1901 PIDCO Drive in Plymouth.
Over the years, quality programs evolved. In June of 1994, Marshall-Starke and the Fulton County ARC, d.b.a., Manitou Center, merged to enhance and expand adult programs and services. In addition in 1995, Marshall-Starke purchased Real Products. This industry is housed in the Marshall-Starke workshop and manufactures wooded reels for the wire industry. While employing traditional workers, Real Products also provides job placement and work opportunities for individuals enrolled in Marshall-Starke programs.
Celebrating 50 years in the community an Open House is planned for today, September 23rd from 10 till 2 with tours and refreshments. The public is encouraged to visit and see what Marshall Starke offers to our county and the surrounding counties.
Through all of their programs, the industrial market, and the continuing dedication to service, Marshall-Starke, Inc. strives to be a viable, marketable asset to the communities and individuals they serve.