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Greater Richmond ARC Now Offers Scanning Service

By Louis Llovio, Times-Dispatch Staff writer

A nondescript warehouse in North Richmond could house temporarily some of the city's most sensitive corporate documents.

No, the warehouse is not a super-secret facility keeping corporate secrets. It's the home of the Greater Richmond ARC.

The nonprofit group, which provides employment and care for individuals with developmental disabilities, is trying a new venture -- a scanning service.

A team of four employees at the warehouse on Westwood Avenue takes companies' paper records and digitizes them. There, files are separated, staples are removed, and individual items are catalogued.

The papers then are scanned and downloaded onto a disc or a removable hard drive. Quality-control checks are conducted throughout the process to make sure the images are clear and readable and that nothing was missed.

Once a company has reviewed the documents and approved the work, ARC destroys the papers.

So far, ARC has one client -- the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, which distributes tobacco-settlement money for economic development.

Michael Foley, director of new business development at ARC, said the group has targeted other potential clients.

Most companies, he said, have large reserves of paper files and records that could be digitized. The move could save companies space, which in turn saves money.

Marshall Butler, president of ARC, said prices vary depending on the job, but all the profits will be used to operate the organization.

"We're always looking for ways to bring in revenues," he said.

ARC, formerly known as the Richmond Area Association for Retarded Citizens, serves more than 1,400 people. Of those, more than 550 are in the infant and child-development services program.

About 200 people work for ARC Industrial Services, which contracts work from local companies to raise money for the organization as well as provide jobs.

Employees work either at ARC's 16,000-square-foot production facility on Westwood Avenue or on-site at local businesses and government facilities. Their jobs include assembling or shipping products.


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