Teutopolis, IL-(Effingham Radio)- Stevens Industries opens childcare facility, Tot Mate® Central, as an added benefit for employees.
Stevens Industries President and CEO Todd Wegman announces the opening of Tot Mate® Central, a company-owned childcare facility, on Monday, October 3, 2022. Tot Mate® Central was built as a benefit for Stevens Industries employees to help address the area’s childcare crisis.
The childcare facility is located across the street from Stevens’ main plant in Teutopolis. The building is nearly 6,000 square feet and will offer both childcare and preschool for up to 100 children. Tot Mate® Central is available to the children or grandchildren of Stevens’ employees beginning at age six weeks old.
Tot Mate® Central is aptly named after Stevens’ Tot Mate® Division, a line of daycare furniture found in childcare centers and early-learning education centers across North America. Stevens Industries supplied a complete outfit of their own products and materials. These child-friendly designs include a comprehensive collection of cabinetry, storage solutions, and furniture.
Adjoining the childcare center will be a new distribution center for Stevens Industries, spanning over 100,000 square feet. The Distribution Center will help Stevens continue to provide solutions for their customer base.
Wegman commented, “We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from our team members who are appreciative for this dedicated childcare opportunity. It’s always been our goal to listen to our most important asset, our employee-owners. Everyone who helped with this project, including our team members, is especially proud of what we have created.”
Charity Ozenkoski serves as the Director of Tot Mate® Central. She brings with her over 23 years of experience in early childhood instructional and program development. Ozenkoski previously served as Head Start’s Home-based Education Specialist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Illinois University.
An Effingham County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and Business After Hours is planned for Thursday, October 20, 2022, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Tours, appetizers, and refreshments will be available.
Stevens Industries, a community-focused company since 1956, continues to lead the industry in Commercial Casework and Architectural Millwork. The 100% employee-owned company continues to progress and innovate to meet the world’s changing needs.