Genesis Development plans group homes, day program Rains and flooding shrunk the quarterly Tama County Economic Pitch and Build field to just one contestant on Tuesday night, May, 28 at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center. But Terry Johnson, CEO of Genesis Development, gave a lot of insight into the organizations upcoming plans for the county. Problems caused by the water kept Eric Haughey, Raz Recycling, Tama, Rose Anaya, Plantation Apartments, Toledo and a presentation by Clear Line Industries, Traer, busy. Genesis Development has been the operator of Pheasant Ridge, the former 40-bed Tama County Care Facility located north of Toledo, since 2009. Changes are in store there, Johnson said Tuesday. Currently serving 25 persons, the care facility will be reduced to a capacity of 15 on a target date of July 1. Johnson said the change is necessary because of federal government funding mandates which will not pay for a 40-bed facility but will for one which serves a total of 15. “As times change, it’s time to look at moving people into the community,” Johnson said. Genesis Development plans to add two group homes in the Tama-Toledo area, each which will house four adults. A new day program for adults will also be developed and a office space will be acquired, he said. With the changes, Johnson said Genesis will be hiring 15-20 new employees locally. The group homes will be staffed 24 hours a day. Johnson said the group homes provide an opportunity for residents to be a part of the community compared to being “three miles outside of town.” “It’s an opportunity for people to live where they want to live,” Johnson said. Pheasant Ridge currently has residents from Tama and surrounding counties, Johnson said.
Sidebar- Clear Line Traer’s Clear Line Industries which currently has 30 employees plans to add 90 more to its workforce Tama County Economic Development Director Heath Kellogg announced Tuesday night. Located on the south side of Traer on U.S. Highway 63, the company is the major U.S. company which chromes industrial food blades. These are used in food processing by the makers of such products as Mars candy bars, Blue Bunny and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, Kellogg said. Kellogg said Clear Line recently signed to chrome plate motorcycle parts for a major U.S. maufacuaturer and exhaust stacks for semi trailer trucks for a Chicago manufacturer. The company has been in business for 25 years.
Dennis Johnson (right) CEO of Genesis development accepts the quarterly Pitch & Build award presented by Tama County Economic Development Director Heath Kellogg on Tuesday, May 28. Johnson announced an expansion of services in Tama County for adults with disabilities.