Camdenton, MO, Oct 04, 2011 -- In a ceremony on October 4, 2011, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, announced funding for an emergency generator for the greenhouse at the Lake Area Industries, Inc. in Camdenton. The assistance consists of $5,700 from Rural Development’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant program (RBEG). The emergency generator is needed to assure that temperatures in the greenhouse will remain steady should the power fail. The sheltered workshop has 7 full-time staff, several part-time staff and provides employment for 45 special needs people from the community.
“Improvements to this workshop will mean more opportunities for some of the area’s special needs community,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. “I’m thrilled that with the help of these resources, the Lake Area Industries Sheltered Workshop will be adding an emergency generator to their greenhouse.”
“I am pleased that $5,700 in Rural Development funds will be used to purchase an emergency generator for a greenhouse for the Lake Area Industries Sheltered Workshop. The generator is essential to the continued success of Lake Area’s Gifted Gardens, which provides new job experiences and challenges to dozens of certified employees,” said U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler.
“The grant awarded from USDA Rural Development allowed Lake Area Industries to purchase a 20-kW propane-driven generator,” said John Blatchford, Director, Lake Area Industries, Inc. “The generator is integrated into the electrical system of our greenhouse. Should there be an interruption of electrical service, an automated system will signal the generator to start and supply electricity until primary electrical service is restored. Having the generator assures us of maintaining a proper growing environment for our plants twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week year round. The grant is much appreciated and provides the staff of Lake Area Industries assurance that all is well in the greenhouse.”
“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of providing an emergency generator for the sheltered workshop,” said Dunning. “This project mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission of being committed to the future of rural communities. I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for these kinds of projects.”
Anyone seeking more information about the Rural Business Enterprise Grant program or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.gov/mo or by contacting the Clinton Area Office at 1306 North 2nd Street, Clinton, MO 64735 or by calling (660) 885-5567- ext 5.
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