Moberly, MO, Mar 06, 2013 -- Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning today presented a certificate to Randolph County Sheltered Industries, Inc. recognizing receipt of a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) in the amount of $23,000. These funds were used to purchase equipment to recycle donated pallets into animal bedding.
"Sheltered workshops are small businesses. Small businesses are necessary for rural communities to survive and thrive,” Dunning said. “Around Missouri, sheltered workshops produce goods or services and contribute to rural communities. But, their greatest contribution may be providing an opportunity to a group of valuable rural residents to be productive. Randolph County Sheltered Industries is progressive and has the best interest of their clients and customers as a priority. We are proud to be a part of their success."
Randolph County Sheltered Industries, Inc. was established in 1973. The workshop employs 50 disabled individuals. Randolph County Sheltered Industries, Inc. has participated in three (3) other RBEG projects. These projects have enhanced the workshop’s recycling efforts.
U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler stated, “I am pleased that $23,000 in USDA Rural Development funds will aid Randolph County Sheltered Industries in Moberly through the purchase of equipment to enhance the recycling operation of the workshop. Facilities of this kind provide a valuable resource for our communities. This funding will be of great benefit to those working with and people served by Randolph County Sheltered Industries.”
“I would like to congratulate The Randolph County Sheltered Industry on receiving this grant. I support the sheltered workshops in our district and believe they are a great asset to the communities in which they serve,” said Missouri State Representative Tim Remole.
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