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Gulf Coast Industries employees excited to repackage recycled parade beads

Elise is one of the 55 employees who have been working at Gulf Coast Industries for several years. (Photo source: WLOX) Elise is one of the 55 employees who have been working at Gulf Coast Industries for several years. (Photo source: WLOX)
Workers from Gulf Coast Industries have started the best part of their year by collecting your recycled beads, cleaning them and then repackaging them for next year. (Photo source: WLOX) Workers from Gulf Coast Industries have started the best part of their year by collecting your recycled beads, cleaning them and then repackaging them for next year. (Photo source: WLOX)
Once the beads make their way to the hanging rack, they have to be washed and then set out to dry. (Photo source: WLOX) Once the beads make their way to the hanging rack, they have to be washed and then set out to dry. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

We're in the middle of Carnival season, but some parade goers have already turned in their bead catches from parades.

Workers from Gulf Coast Industries have started the best part of their year by collecting your recycled beads, cleaning them and then repackaging them for next year.

"I love to help the staff out do beads," worker Elise said.

Elise is one of the 55 employees who have been working at Gulf Coast Industries for several years, and she knows exactly what it takes to get her job done.

"Count out to 12, and hang it up on this yellow thing, and then we hang it up over there," Elise said.

Once the beads make their way to the hanging rack, they have to be washed and then set out to dry.

Allen Forrest is the Assistant Manager at Gulf Coast Industries. He says even though these men and women have intellectual and developmental disabilities, they exhibit a strong work ethic that he enjoys witnessing every day.

"Oh, they get excited every time they pick up the beads," Forrest said. "It's more work, you know? It's every day. It's, 'Do we get to work on the beads today?' Yes, we're doing beads today. They don't grumble about what they have to do. They are fast to get in there and get it done and enjoy everything that they do."

Getting paid for something you enjoy is always a plus.

"I like to make money and stuff," worker Marvin said, with a smile on his face.

Forrest said besides putting money in their pockets, it's good for his employees to be out in their communities.

"It's the most exciting time of the year, because they get out in the community a lot more than just taking a trip to like the farmers market or someplace like that. They're actually all along the Coast visiting different places that the boxes are set up, and they get to go out and visit and see what goes on in their facility, and they enjoy talking to the people," Forrest said.

Gulf Coast Industries has a number of bead collection sites located across the Gulf Coast. You can find a list of those drop-off locations on their website: http://www.gulfcoastindustriesms.com/.

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