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Clay County Company Finds That Uncle Sam is a Good Customer
Press Release Date:  February 22, 2005

Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670


Kentucky Procurement Assistance Program working to assist companies across the state



Frankfort, Ky.  The United States Federal Government has discovered that Clay County resident Sam Marcum provides quality products at good prices, and as a result Marcum has seen his small business grow dramatically in a short period of time. 


Marcum, President of Marmax Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer of fabricated metal products in Manchester, has seen employment rise from 4-5 employees when he started his company almost two years ago to more than 70 employees.  Doing business with the government can be a rewarding, yet sometimes confusing, process.  Marcum turned to the Cabinet for Economic Development’s Kentucky Procurement Assistance Program (KPAP) to help him navigate the government procurement maze. 


KPAP is a business assistance program designed to help Kentucky firms do business with the government.  KPAP provides one-on-one counseling, training, and bid matching (notification of government procurement opportunities) to Kentucky companies that register with the program. 


Marcum has found the program’s staff to be very knowledgeable and instrumental in the growth that his company has experienced. KPAP employee Debbie McKnight worked extensively with Marcum to help him land government contracts. “This office has been the biggest help that any company could ever ask for,” stated Marcum.  “Without her help we could not have obtained over 1 million dollars in contracts in 8 months.”


“We congratulate Marmax on its success, and we certainly appreciate Mr. Marcum's kind words on the help his company received,” stated J.R. Wilhite, Commissioner of the Department for Existing Business Development. “The KPAP program is a great resource to help small businesses grow their markets, and we are pleased to have an excellent staff available to assist Kentucky businesses increase their sales opportunities.” 


Marcum hopes to continue to grow his business and provide jobs in Clay County.  KPAP and government contracting will remain an important part of his plan.  Other companies that are interested in learning more about doing business with the government can contact the Cabinet’s Procurement Assistance Program at (800) 838-3266 or visit the Cabinet’s website at and click on “Government Procurement”.          





The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for creating new jobs and new investment in the state. New business investment in Kentucky in 2004 totaled nearly $2.3 billion with the creation of just over 16,600 new jobs. Information on available development sites, workforce training, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other resources is available at




Last updated: Monday, February 28, 2005