Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Funding for Ohio County

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, January 18, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            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.

            Ohio County will use 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 89 individuals and has committed to adding at least 50 new jobs within the next two years.

            “Not only does this funding produce jobs for Kentuckians with disabilities, it will help educate others on the positive contributions that these individuals can make,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This will provide the opportunity for economic development and help those individuals continue to develop skills for life.”

            Tamarlane Industries, a not-for-profit workshop, began operations in 1983 in a classroom at the Ohio County Vocational School.  The 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, dishwater parts and hardware.  The company has recently added woodworking operations. 

            Senator Jerry Rhoads said, “The creation of these jobs is important to Ohio County.  Tamarlane Industries is investing in the community and its citizens.  The economic impact of this funding will be great for Ohio County.”

            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.

            Representative Tommy Thompson said, “This grant offers a dual-purpose:  job creation and workforce training.  I am pleased that Ohio County was awarded this funding.”

            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 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through GOLD, which administers the CDBG Small Cities program in Kentucky.