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Boone Center, Inc. (BCI) Expands Mission with Acquisition of Lincoln County Facility

Adults with disabilities working together on a production line at BCI in Moscow Mills, Mo.

Boone Center, Inc. (BCI) Expands Mission with Acquisition of Lincoln County Facility

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Boone Center, Inc. (BCI)—a nonprofit dedicated to empowering adults with disabilities through employment opportunities—has purchased its Lincoln County facility, marking another significant milestone in its 65-year history.  

The facility, initially leased in 2011 and situated at 245 College Campus Drive in Moscow Mills, serves as a vital hub for BCI’s mission, employing 40 adults with disabilities while offering contract packaging and light manufacturing services to both local and national clients.

BCI’s decision to acquire the 23,000-square-foot building underscores its dedication to serving Lincoln County. Additionally, plans are underway for a 10,000-square-foot expansion later this year, furthering the nonprofit’s ability to expand its regional programs and services.

“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of the Lincoln County plant,” said BCI CEO Troy Compardo. “This purchase underscores our dedication to creating a world where disabilities are no longer barriers to achieving potential and purpose through work.”

Zero-interest financing for the acquisition was secured through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program. The USDA program fully funds projects in rural areas that create and retain jobs and loans are applied for through local utility organizations. Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) served as BCI’s pass-through utility. CREC President and CEO Doug Tracy, who also serves on BCI’s board of directors, played a pivotal role in bringing the funding opportunity to light. 

“We are incredibly grateful to Doug and CREC for their assistance in securing this favorable financing,” added Compardo. “Their support, alongside many others involved in the process, made it possible for us to take this pivotal step forward.”

In St. Charles County, BCI’s main campus in St. Peters will continue to serve as the non-profit’s headquarters. With 102,000 square feet of production, office, and training space spread over three buildings (two BCI-owned), the location employs 188 adults with disabilities. The St. Peters campus also houses BCI’s administrative offices and competitive employment and Skills Center programs that facilitate competitive, integrated, community employment for 100+ more people each year. 

“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 10.6% of Lincoln County’s roughly 65,000 residents live with a disability and are under the age of 65,” added Compardo. “With this expansion, BCI is positioned to extend services to hundreds more individuals in the region, ensuring support for decades to come.”

For more information about BCI and its employment and packaging services, visit https://boonecenter.com/.


About Boone Center, Inc. (BCI)

Founded in 1959, Boone Center, Inc. (BCI) inspires and supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, challenging personal growth and development through a continuum of innovative employment opportunities. Headquartered at 200 Trade Center Dr. W in St. Peters, Mo., BCI currently employs more than 230 adults with disabilities under its organizational employment program and serves dozens more with employment services, vocational training, and follow-along services under its competitive employment program and Skills Center. For more information, call (636) 875-5279 or visit https://boonecenter.com/.


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