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Metro Metal Works

12024887-large Over at Cleveland.com there is a story from The Plain Dealer about Metro Metal Works, a bike rack business run by homeless men that is finding success in a growing local market.

But now Metro Metal Works, a program of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, is cranking out bike racks at the Lakeside men’s homeless shelter, hiring people on the skids who need money and job training. Some are homeless. Some are just out of prison.

“There’s an explosion of bicycles,” said drill press operator Marc Dorsey, 59, who is in Lutheran Metro’s community re-entry program. “And with the price of gas going up, there’s going to be more demand.”

Metro Metal operates on a $100,000 annual budget, employing about eight people a year. But the operation keeps growing, and its bottom line is nearly in the black.

Read more at www.cleveland.com


  1. TerryJanuary 8, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Cool story.

  2. meenalFebruary 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm


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