Tamarlane Industries has been in operation since March 3,
1983. Tamarlane is the only sheltered workshop located in
Ohio County. The formation of a sheltered workshop in Ohio
county began with the Ohio County Association for Retarded
Children in the late 1960's. This group founded and
supported a private special education school located in the Beaver
Dam Baptist Church. In March 1983, the Ohio County Association for
Retarded Children reorganized and became the Ohio County
Association for Handicapped Citizens.
With the passage of Public Law g4-142 in 1977, all
handicapped students under the age of 21 were granted the right to
a free and public education. The Ohio County Association for
Retarded Children began planning a sheltered workshop.
Several attempts were made to provide employment and training for
handicapped persons out of school. A limited number of
individual's received sheltered services in Daviess and Muhlenburg
counties. In 1981, the Association acquired $55,000 from the
Ohio County Fiscal Court to open a workshop.
In January 1983, Tamarlane Industries opened for services
in a previously unused classroom of the Ohio County Vocational
School. Beginning that year with three (3) employees, the
workshop served eight (8) people at the end of 1983.
Initial work of gardening/greenhouse and printing evolved
into sub-contracted work from local business and industry. The
workshop currently serves 42 sheltered employees and 78 staff
Tamarlane moved from the vocational school to its own
facility in May 1986. Work expansion and the interest and
generosity of Young Manufacturing and the Young family made the new facility a reality. The workshop is now serving the
Department of Vocational Rehabilitation by doing five (5) day
testing and evaluations on persons referred by them.
Tamarlane is designed primarily to serve the vocational
needs of individual's who are mentally or physically
challenged. Employment and job training are the primary
goals. Referrals are made for other services necessary to
achieve the ultimate vocational goal - work and greater
Tamarlane continues to grow, we sub-contract work from Young Manufacturing, National Office Furniture, Daicel Safety
Systems of America, Nestaway Division, Dart, Ritatsu, and Bowling Green
Pallet. Tamarlane is a non-for-profit sheltered workshop
that depends on 86.5% of its income from our subcontract work.
Tamarlane receives quarterly funding from the United Way,
donations from the community and one annual fund raiser, 'Taste of
Ohio County'. These funds have been used to assist with employee
activities such as our annual Holiday World trip, family picnic,
Christmas party, birthday celebrations and purchasing a new van
and delivery truck.
In August 2002, with the help of
Darrell Leach, Bill Wallace and members of the Ohio County
Industrial Foundation, Tamarlane was able to occupy the former
Thomas Industries Building. All of the work Tamarlane does for Nestaway Division,
National Office Furniture, Bowling Green Pallet, Dart, and Young Manufacturing is produced at this location.
In 1995, Chef Anthony Tong approached Tamarlane with the
idea of the Taste of Ohio County. Since the beginning, this
annual fundraising event has been a growing and exciting part of
Tamarlane and the community of Ohio County. The money raised
from this event are put back into Tamarlane's program for
recreation and equipment for our employees.
Tamarlane is governed by a private board of
directors. The board of directors is Bill Wilson, President, Jerry Bevil, Vice President, Fred Mayes,
Treasurer, Ralph Porter, and Mary Pate.