© Jennifer Hoegg - Kingscountynews.ca
Joey Whynot, who has worked for the former Plank 'N Hammer for 27 years, cut the ribbon to officially open the new Plank Industries workshop in Cambridge May 9. In the background, from left, are KRRC board chairman Colin Best; Jackie Roop, service centre co-ordinator; Municipality of Kings deputy Warden Brian Hirtle and Joe Haverstock KRRC chief executive officer.
Employees and supporters of the former Apple Tree Industries, Coldbrook, and Plank 'N Hammer, Waterville, celebrated their new, combined facility in Cambridge May 9 with a celebration ceremony and an open house.
Plank Industries Woodworking and Packaging is a service centre of the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre, offering vocational training and employment services to 33 men and women who live with physical and cognitive challenges. The company employs adults who live in the rehab centre, as well as in communities from Wolfville to Middleton.
"The two programs that combined to become Plank Industries ... were excellent programs unto themselves," the rehab centre's chief executive officer Joe Haverstock said. "But, now with a new location, we are excited for the opportunities ahead - opportunities to work together, to learn from one another and grow."
"Through skill development, Plank Industries will continue the KRCC commitment to personal growth and independence," the rehab centre's board chariman Colin Best added.