Marthasville, MO, Jul 24, 2012 -- In a ceremony held on July 24, 2012, Anita (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director for USDA Rural Development, presented a Certificate of Recognition to TEMCO, Inc. for their successful application for the purchase of a new and larger delivery truck. The new vehicle will enable TEMCO to better service their clients by replacing their old, unreliable vehicle with a larger, more dependable, fuel-efficient unit.
The workshop received a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) of $40,000 from USDA Rural Development and $23,000 was provided by the Warren County Developmental Disabilities Board. The RBEG Program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging businesses.
TEMCO was incorporated as a Sheltered Workshop in 1971. They are a non-profit organization that is governed by a Board of Directors and currently employ 63 people. The workshop performs a variety of functions to service their clientele. This includes light industrial assemblies for the refrigeration industry as well as the electrical transformer industry. TEMCO also performs contract packaging for items such as T-shirts, books and information literature.
“I’m very pleased the TEMCO sheltered workshop is being awarded the resources necessary to purchase a new delivery truck,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. “The addition of these resources will improve the productivity and capacity of TEMCO, Inc., and expand job opportunities for the special needs community in Marthasville.”
“I’m very pleased this great organization will receive federal assistance as they work to better serve people with developmental disabilities in the Warren County area,” said U. S. Senator Roy Blunt.
“Adding an additional delivery truck is going to provide greater opportunities for the talented sheltered workshop folks that provide unique products to the Warren County region,” said U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9). “These new opportunities will provide a livable income and comfortable place of employment for challenged individuals and also could lead to the creation of much-needed jobs and that’s a very good thing.”
“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of providing a better, more efficient delivery vehicle which will greatly enhance and expand the workshop’s operation,” said Dunning. “I personally want to thank everyone that has worked together to make the purchase of this vehicle a reality.”
“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.
Warren County Developmental Disabilities Board Executive Director Anita Contreras said “We are pleased to have had the opportunity to support TEMCO by providing additional funds to supplement the RBEG funding, making the purchase of the truck possible.”
Warren County Presiding Commissioner Arden Engelage stated “TEMCO does a wonderful job and performs a service we need. We are very happy to have them in Warren County and wish them continued success.”
“This USDA Rural Development Grant of $40,000 allowed us to purchase our new delivery box truck to better serve our customers’ requirements,” stated Robert B. Engemann, General Manager of TEMCO, Inc. “This new vehicle will greatly assist TEMCO as we pursue our mission of providing meaningful, gainful employment opportunities to disabled residents of Warren County and the surrounding area. Also, on behalf of our valued TEMCO employees, I want to thank the Warren County Developmental Disability Board for providing their support and matching funds to make this purchase a reality.”
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