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Lean, Green , and Made in the USA…Doing Business with UNICOR. DeLoran B. Lyles Marketing, Research and Corporate Support Branch UNICOR/FPI. GSA SmartPay 2010. … Impressions of UNICOR !. Refreshed Outlook Renewed Senses Long Lasting Green 5. That was UNICOR 20 Years Ago.

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Lean, Green, and Made in the USA…Doing Business with UNICOR

DeLoran B. Lyles Marketing, Research and Corporate Support Branch UNICOR/FPI

GSA SmartPay 2010

impressions of unicor
… Impressions of UNICOR!

Refreshed Outlook

Renewed Senses

Long Lasting



that was unicor 20 years ago
That was UNICOR 20 Years Ago

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has over 200,000 detainees in it’s system as of August 2010 versus a population of over 65,000 when the video was created19 years ago.

So what is UNICOR today?

tell us what you know about unicor
Tell Us What YOU Know about UNICOR…

Many people believe that UNICOR…

makes furniture

is a required source to buy furniture

uses inmate resources to make furniture

is a mystery !


unicor is so much more
UNICOR is SO Much More!

1 Reduces government spending

2 Positive impact upon US economy

3 Impacts viability/health of communities

4 Promotes safety/security in our facilities

5 Provides a fresh start for a brighter future


more than 75 years of history
More than 75 Years of History !
  • 1934 Executive Order 6917 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt
a tireless advocate
A Tireless Advocate
  • Warren E. Burger, our nation’s 15 Chief Justice, extolled the merits of “factories with fences”
  • Believed that prison industrial work programs would set the course for a productive future …
a pioneer in modern prison industries
A pioneer in modern prison industries.

“We must accept the reality that to confine offenders behind walls without trying to change them is an expensive folly with short term benefits…. It is wrong. Its is expensive. It is stupid.”

today s realities
Today’s Realities… !

By the time you leave this session… 5more federal inmates will be released from prison

He or she may become your neighbor

The kind of neighbor he or she becomes will likely be influenced by the experiences, life skills and marketable jobs training acquired in prison.

2.5 million people are incarcerated in the USAand 98% will, one day, be released.

what s your impression
What’s Your Impression ?
  • When you think of prison factories and inmates, what picture comes to mind?
early prison industries
Early Prison Industries

Early federal inmate workers were contracted

out to states and localities to earn their keep

unicor inmates are
UNICOR Inmates are…
  • Less likely to cause prison disturbances
  • Able to acquire “real life” work skills
  • 24% less likely to return to prison
  • 14% more likely to find jobs
today s prison industries
Today’s Prison Industries

Today’s Inmate workers produce hundreds of products and services

While adhering to increased educational and social demands.

a business like any other
A “Business” Like Any Other…
  • Must cover expenses
  • Sales by catalogs/website/sales team
  • An active Board of Directors
  • Factory Workers
  • Meet industry quality/performance stds.
  • Must be competitive
a business unlike others
A “Business” Unlike Others…

+/-11,000 factory workers… commute on foot to their jobs

80+ factories; 70+ locations… inside federal correctional facilities

150+ diverse products/services… with production ceilings

Customers… limited segments

Sales goals… but not profit-driven

inside skills outside possibilities
Inside Skills / Outside Possibilities

Sewing/Garment Construction

Electronics Manufacturing and Testing

Vehicle Component and Engine Repair

Pre-Press/Graphics Arts Design

Tele-Servicing & Response

Carpentry & Upholstering

Computer-Aided Design

Tool & Die Fabrication

Data Entry and Conversion

Recycling Materials Processing

Solar Panel Production… and more


the at home advantage
The “At Home” Advantage!

79.7% purchases of materials and supplies from private sector businesses

16.7% Staff salaries

3.6% Inmate pay


strengthened by our core values
Strengthened by our Core Values




We ARE Government (BOP/DOJ)

We KNOW Government


We have been around for 75 YEARS

We EARN the public’s TRUST every day

HIGHEST STANDARDS of business practices

beyond social responsibility
Beyond Social Responsibility !

If You Need it ?

We’veGot what you need !

Doing business with UNICOR

ready set go
Ready, Set, Go!


Order 24/7

Green designated schedule of products

On-line answers to questions

No need to compete your requirements

Customer Hot-Line


quality and manufacturing excellence
Quality and Manufacturing Excellence

Rigorous performance testing to meet or exceed industry standards;

A robust SAP manufacturing system

ISO 9001:2000 and 2008 certified factories

Lean Six Sigma standard methodology to improve efficiency, reduce waste, enhance customer satisfaction


green before it was cool
GREEN before it was COOL !

And we mean Green!

We don’t “Greenwash!”

Should you care?

purchase responsibly
Purchase Responsibly !
  • Executive Order 13423 requires: use of sustainable, environmental practices and environmentally preferable, energy-efficient/recycled content products
  • Executive Order 13514 set sustainability goals, increased energy efficiency, waste reduction; leveraged federal purchasing power to promote green products/technologies
office furniture
Office Furniture
  • GREENGUARD certification
  • 100% Recycled fabrics
  • 100% Recyclable foam cushioning
  • Water-based finishes/glues since 1998
  • North American vendors – strict enviro-safety standards
unicor walks the talk
UNICOR “Walks the Talk”

For 25+ years, UNICOR has engaged

in green practices!

And we’re growing in the right direction

Senior level task force to steer 5-year Environmental Plan

Judicious vendor selection

Roof-top headquarters solar panel system

go to View, Header and Footer to set date


clothing and textiles
Clothing and Textiles
  • Life extension
  • Scrap baling/ material resold
  • Recycled cotton fill in mattresses
  • Packing boxes and pallets
industrial products
Industrial Products
  • Powder coat paint since 1985

- Non-toxic

- Reusable

  • Recycled plastic signs
  • Air filters
fleet solutions
Fleet Solutions
  • Bio-degradable cleaners
  • Recycled water
  • Cost savings
  • Soy-based / chemically-inert inks
  • Convert 10,000s of pages
  • 100% recycled paper
  • Eight processing centers
  • ISO certified
  • 185 million pounds of computers / electronics recycled since 1985
  • 37 million tons of scrap
  • We like plugs!
a true story
A True Story

Former inmate Jonathan Queen is the quintessential success story.


bringing it home then vs now
Bringing it Home “Then vs.Now”

Raised by drug-addicted mother

Sold drugs at 14 years old

Arrested 3rd time at age 23

Sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

No money; $1,100 fine; minimal familysupport

Had a choice to make:

“Fall in”;

Pursue a better path

Devoted husband, father and community leader

Employed citizen; government contract manager

Runs GED program

Started publishing company; accomplished author

Motivational speaker and Deacon-Elect

Life is good!


doing business with unicor simply put
It’s the right thing to do!

Purchase responsibly.

Come see our Exhibit for the rest of the story

Doing Business with UNICOR:Simply Put…