Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Beshear Announces Lincoln County Economic Development Grant

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 18, 2008  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

FRANKFORT, KY (December 17, 2008) – Today Gov. Steve Beshear, in conjunction with the Department for Local Government (DLG), announced a $680,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to support a new industry in Lincoln County. 

The Lincoln County Fiscal Court will use the funds to purchase equipment for a capitalize lease to Tin Man Manufacturing, LLC., a new company that will be located in the Standford-Lincoln County Industrial Park.  Tin Man will produce rolled steel for roofing panel and parts and trusses for commercial building and construction industries within a 1,000 mile radius of their location. 

Tin Man will be owned and operated by current Lincoln County residents O’Neal and Charlene Dishon.  The Dishons are also partners in All Seasons, Inc., a company operating in southern Lincoln County that was established in 2003.  

“We are thrilled that the Dishons have decided to expand their investment and bring new jobs to Lincoln County,” said Judge Executive R.W. “Buckwheat” Gilbert.  “Small companies make a big difference to our community.”     

Tin Man will create 34 new jobs over a two-year period with an emphasis on hiring low to moderate income (LMI) individuals.  The new jobs will be a combination of unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled, sales and clerical. 

“I’m pleased to award this grant to help Lincoln County attract a new company and it is especially satisfying that it will be locally owned and operated,” said Governor Beshear.  “I applaud the Lincoln County Economic Development Authority and the fiscal court in their ability to build on this successful relationship.”  

Kentucky’s U. S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally as well as within the commonwealth.  The state’s CDBG program is managed by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Approved CDBG economic development grants are used to assist counties and cities in activities that create or retain jobs principally benefiting low and moderate income persons or provision of human services that allow for the professional development of low and moderate income persons.  A community can use the funds for specific business or industrial clients.