Friendship Industries, founded in 1964, was the first organization in our community to provide commercial work and training opportunities for persons with disabilities. Without realizing it, Friendship Industries became one of the first social enterprises in the Valley.

Over the years, Friendship Industries has grown exponentially. We have grown by being a business and serving our mission well – a social mission that involves work opportunities for all – here in our integrated facility and through other community-minded  businesses.

Social Enterprise in Contract Packaging


Friendship Industries Board of Directors 2019-2020


Marcy Engle, Chairman

Gary W. Shickel, Vice Chairman

Devon C. Anders, Treasurer

Steven C. Rhodes, Secretary

Brian B. Shull, Immediate Past Chairman


Michele Bridges

Jack Bryant

Gary Calleo

Pablo Cuevas

Johnny Garber

Marlena Jarboe

Marshall Price

Scott Pruett

Harry Reif

Ken Rutherford

David Sharpe

Rebecca Simmons

Bill Wood





Friendship Industries develops and maintains employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities in integrated work environments.


Our vision is to provide work opportunities to ensure immediate and full employment for all persons with disabilities who come to us for assistance.



Friendship Industries believes in and values – Accountability, Empowerment, Innovation, and Respect.

General Information

Friendship Industries, Inc, 801 Friendship Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22802   540-434-9586

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Friendship 50 years in operation