Richmond, MO, Jan 23, 2014 -- USDA Rural Development Assistant to the State Director Tim Rickabaugh, on behalf of Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning, today presented a certificate to Ideal Industries Incorporated. The certificate recognized receipt of a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) in the amount of $13,000.
"Companies such as Ideal Industries Incorporated contribute to the economy of rural communties. Not only do these small businesses provide jobs and opportunities to be productive to a group of valuable residents, but they also offer cost effective services to other businesses. The employment and services are necessary for rural communities to survive and thrive,” Dunning said. “Ideal Industries Incorporated 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."
Rural Development funds will be used to purchase a recycling baler that can be used for aluminum cans, plastics, and shredded paper. Ideal Industries Incorporated serves Ray County and currently employees 125 individuals. With the grant the workshop plans to create 2 to 5 new jobs.
“These dollars awarded to Ideal Industries will go toward assisting an entire community,” said U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II. “This Rural Development award will help create new jobs, maintain economic stability, and acquire critical tools that will be used for the benefit of all residents.”
Anyone seeking more information about Rural Development’s RBEG Program or any other USDA Rural Development program can visit the Missouri Rural Development homepage at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo. The Missouri Rural Development Business Program Director can be contacted at (573) 876-9321.
This use of USDA Rural Development funding is another reminder of the importance of USDA programs for rural America. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stresses that a comprehensive new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would further expand the rural economy. He said that’s just one reason why Congress must get a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill done as soon as possible.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.
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