Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Visits Tamarlane Industries in Ohio County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 25, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
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Samantha Cook

$1 million CDBG grant will be used for building renovation project

Frankfort, KY - Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Ohio County.  Funding will be used for the Tamarlane Industries Building Renovation Project.  Governor Fletcher toured Tamarlane to meet with workers as well as to announce a new project for the city of Beaver Dam.

Ohio County will use the CDBG funds to renovate an existing manufacturing building for Tamarlane Industries, Inc.  Tamarlane Industries is a sheltered workshop that provides employment and training for mentally and physically challenged citizens that are out of school and available for work.  The company currently employs 118 individuals and has committed to adding at least 50 new jobs within the next two years.

“Tamarlane Industries fosters skill development and job creation for individuals with disabilities while providing a great economic impact on the community,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Once these individuals receive their training, they can then transition into a competitive work force setting.”

Tamarlane Industries, a not-for-profit workshop, began operations in 1983 in a classroom at the Ohio County Vocational School.  Its initial work of gardening, greenhouse work and printing evolved into subcontract work for local business and industry.  Today, 86 percent of Tamarlane’s income is from subcontract work.  The company’s employees assemble doorsills, dishwasher parts and hardware.  The company has recently added woodworking operations. 

Rep. Tommy Thompson (D-Owensboro) said, “This funding is good news for folks in Ohio County.  It not only enhances the economic development opportunities for this community, but also the potential for success of a very special group of people.”

As part of this expansion project, a cross-training program will be added in which employees will receive training as fork lift operators, bronco nail operators, chop saw operators and trim saw operators.  They will also be trained in pallet nailing, aluminum cutting, aluminum grooving and other skills.  Many of Tamarlane Industries’ employees go on to find employment in other factories and businesses within the county by utilizing the skills and training learned at Tamarlane.

Governor Fletcher announced an additional CDBG grant in the amount of $650,000 for the city of Beaver Dam.  The funding will be used for the Wastewater Collection System Rehabilitation Project.  The project proposes to rehabilitate approximately 23,251 linear feet of sewer line. 

“This overhaul at Beaver Dam was an important step in maintaining public health and safety,” noted Governor Fletcher.  “Thanks to this project, more than 1,500 customers in the area will see benefits.”

Kentucky’s U. S. Congressional leaders continued support of the CDBG program has made the community development funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.