Department of Highways, District 11
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Facilities Pride Program Harlan County Maintenance Facility Recognized

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 22, 2007  
Contact Information:  SANDY RUDDER
(606) 598-2145

MANCHESTER, KY (August 22, 2007)- The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has a program called the Facilities Pride Program.  The program began in 2002 as a way to recognize maintenance workers across the state for taking pride in their facilities. 

For the third year in a row, the Harlan County Maintenance crew has been chosen as the Best Maintained Facility within the District 11 eight counties consisting of Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie and Whitley Counties.  The Harlan Maintenance Crew consists of 18 employees.

 Mr. Rick Drummer, Executive Director, Office of Support Services-Division of Facility Management in Frankfort and members of his staff, John Martin, Ron Scott and Jerry Ashcraft presented the award today at the District Office in Manchester.  Mr. Leon Cole, Superintendent for the Harlan crew accepted the award.   This is an award that places emphasis on the district field offices within the Transportation Cabinet.  “A clean facility is a safe facility” said Mr. Cole.  He continued to tell those present, “This award isn’t for me, it’s for the men and women who work in our Harlan county crew, they earned the award, I just furnished the leadership and guidance.”   The award is given to a maintenance crew selected and recognized for their efforts in upgrading and maintaining their facilities.

 The program evolved as a means of encouraging workers to take pride in the appearance of their building and grounds.  Whenever possible, employees perform maintenance on their own facility thus preventing the cabinet from expending money on outside contractors.  In 2006 the employees painted their facility inside and out as well as clearing brush and maintaining the appearance of the lot.  They have continued to maintain their facility in such a manner as to warrant this award for another year.   Mr. Cole challenged the other counties to actively work toward winning the award in 2008.  

 The award is displayed in the Harlan office for employees and the public to view.

Leon Cole, Harlan County Superintendent accepts award from John Martin, Office of Support Services-Division of Facility Management.