News Release
Release No.STELPRD4016616
ContactGlenda Shafer(660) 665-3274, ext. 4
Keytesville, MO, May 29, 2012 --

@@In a Certificate of Recognition ceremony on May 29, 2012, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, announced the award of $22,610 to Chariton County Sheltered Workshop. Funds are being used to purchase a used forklift and storage totes. The assistance is through the USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant program. This equipment will improve the efficiency and safety of the services the workshop provides.

Chariton County Sheltered Workshop has been providing employment opportunities since 1968. They offer a diverse variety of regular opportunities and take on special projects. They have a dedicated twelve member board and a manager that has been with the workshop for over 26 years.

“We would like to thank USDA Rural Development for assisting us to get the money for our forklift,” said Martha Nanneman, Director of the workshop. “We would not have been able to replace our forklift without this help. Our old forklift is about to play out and without a forklift we would not be able to continue our efforts to recycle and increase our production. Again, Thanks a Million!”

“USDA Rural Development is pleased to assist with the funding for a fork lift and storage totes for Chariton County Sheltered Workshop,” said Missouri State Director Janie Dunning. “The fork lift and totes are essential for the daily operation of the recycling business handled by the workshop. I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. I would like to give a special thanks to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for this type of project.”

The funds are part of the Rural Development Enterprise Grant Program, which provides grants to public bodies and non-profit entities to finance and facilitate development of private business enterprises in rural communities of 50,000 or less.

Anyone seeking more information about this or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at or by contacting LouAnn Rongey, Area Specialist, 2410 S Franklin, Kirksville, MO 63501, or by email to or by calling (660) 665-3274 extension 4.

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