Governor's Office for Local Development
Gov. Beshear Awards Grant to Ohio County Industry

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 10, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

BEAVER DAM, Ky. (March 9, 2009) —  Gov. Steve Beshear, along with Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder, today presented Ohio County Judge David Jones and representatives from Tamarlane Industries, Inc. with a $ $918,125 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  The fiscal court applied for the grant on behalf of Tamarlane for the renovation of an existing manufacturing building that is designed primarily to serve the vocational needs of individuals who are mentally or physically challenged.

Tamarlane, which has been in operations in Ohio County since 1983, is a nonprofit, sheltered workshop that provides employment and training for mentally and physically challenged citizens who are out of school and are available and trainable for work.  The company currently employees 200 people. With this grant, the company intends to create another 50 jobs over a two-year period, at least 51 percent of which will be filled by low-to-moderate income persons. 

“I am very pleased to award this grant to a company with a proven commitment to Ohio County and to the potentially vulnerable segment of society they employ,” said Gov. Beshear.  “Given the proper training and support, clearly these people want to be active members of the workforce and Tamarlane affords them such an opportunity.”

Tamarlane subcontracts with local businesses and industries to provide such services as reconditioning pallets and assembly-type work on dishwasher parts, doorsills and office furniture.  The company provides a supportive environment where employees can learn job skills and gain essential work experience.  Employment and job training are the primary goals to helping workers gain independence.

According to Richard Goodall, director of Operations and Productions, the objective of the sheltered workshop is for participants to gain versatile work experience, a sense of dedication and commitment, and strengthen interpersonal skills.  Most employees work at the company for a limited time, using it as a stepping stone to other careers. 

“While working at Tamarlane, we help our employees build resumes with strong referrals, gain competitive skills and improve self confidence so that they are able to be competitive in other areas and jobs within the community,” said Goodall. 

“Tamarlane is a great asset to Ohio County,” said Sen. Jerry Rhoads.  “We have a successful partnership where they continue to invest in our people and our community as the state and county continue to invest in their programs and expansion.” 

Kentucky’s CDBG program is managed by DLG and funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Kentucky’s U. S. Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program ensures the availability of funding in Kentucky and nationally.