The Rolla Area Sheltered Workshop celebrated a milestone Friday, Aug. 12.
The organization, which helps area developmentally disabled individuals, closed on a new facility just west of the current workshop in the Hy Point Industrial Park in Rolla.
Sheltered workshop board members, including board president Greg Stratman, along with Kelly Sink-Blair, a representative from Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), took part in a photo op to celebrate the real estate transaction — a project that was nearly five years in the making, according to board members.
The new 6,700-square-foot building on the 4.7-acre neighboring property will help expand operations and likely add more jobs.
In August 2015, it was announced that the sheltered workshop received a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) to help purchase the land and building.
The sheltered workshop has been using the facility on the property under a lease agreement for the last few years with the landowner at the time, Dick Otke.
The total cost for the acquisition and renovations to the building is estimated at $318,800. The grant is covering a majority of that cost, with the sheltered workshop contributing the remaining $68,800.
The Phelps County commission sponsored the grant application that was prepared by the MRPC.
Plans call for half of the building to be used for warehouse space and the other half for baling operations.
There are about 78 production employees at the Rolla Area Sheltered Workshop, along with 11 staff members. The sheltered workshop celebrated its 45th anniversary in April 2015.