News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017736
ContactCheryl R. Elliott(573) 985-7211, Ext. 4
Mexico, MO, Jul 24, 2012 --

@@In a ceremony, held on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Award to Handi-Shop, Inc. for $520,000 for the expansion of their thrift store, Seconds to Go. The 4800 sq. ft. addition will allow more display space for furniture and other large items at the resale shop.

Handi-Shop, Inc. was incorporated as a Sheltered Workshop in 1972. They are a non-profit organization that is governed by a Board of Directors. They presently employ approximately 100 persons. The workshop has a variety of job opportunities for their employees that include the resale shop, recycling operations, subcontracting production jobs, as well as mowing and snow removal.

The assistance consisted of a Community Facilities loan of $520,000 from USDA Rural Development. The community facility program provides funding for essential public improvement to public bodies and non-profit corporation with substantial ties to the local community.

Seconds to Go resale shop is our number one source of operating revenue,” stated Rodney Shivers, Handi-Shop manager. “The generosity of the Mexico Area community and businesses that donate to us makes this all possible. We are expanding with the addition of a new warehouse at our current location. This is all made possible with the USDA Rural Development low interest loan as well as donations from the Allen P. & Josephine B. Green Grant Foundation and the Miriam Arnold Edmonston Foundation. We would like to say thank you to everyone that is making this expansion possible. We are really excited to see the expansion begin, and to celebrate 40 years of operation in the Mexico community. This new addition will also allow us to hire four to six employees and at least one full-time staff person.”

“Sheltered Workshops serve an important role in our communities and I’m thrilled the Handi-Shop is receiving resources to expand their thrift store and allow for more retail space,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. “As the Handi-Shop’s primary source of income, this addition will help support the jobs of the 100 Missourians employed at the not-for-profit, and allow the business to grow and better serve the community.”

“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of providing additional space that will increase the number of job opportunities, as well as more efficient operations at the resale shop,” said Dunning. “I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. I am very pleased that so many rural residents and businesses in the area support Handi-Shop, Inc., which allows the employees to work locally in this rural community.”

“Appreciation is also extended to our federal elected officials for supporting the USDA Rural Development programs. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians,” added Dunning.

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life to rural residents. USDA Rural Development provides capital and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Anyone seeking more information about this or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at or by contacting Cheryl Elliott, Area Specialist, at 17623 Hwy 19, New London, MO 63459; by email to; or by calling (573) 985-7211, Ext. 4.

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