ONE TEAM, ONE DREAM

PROVIDING MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT TO PEOPLE AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS WITH DISABILITIES FOR OVER 27 YEARS

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About Lake Area Industries

Established in 1983, Lake Area Industries, Inc. is just one of 92 sheltered workshops in Missouri, employing over 7,500 people with disabilities. Traditionally, LAI relied on contract packaging and assembly work from partnering businesses around the state to provide meaningful employment to people with disabilities in Camden County. Today, LAI services businesses across the community with a variety of services. As well as the operation of the popular retail nursery and garden center, Gifted Gardens.

It is of upmost importance that our employees have a safe environment to work, while giving them opportunities to enhance their knowledge and explore their boundless talents.  We emphasize on vocational skills and cooperation. It is our mission to rectify meaningful tasks in order to help our employees reach their greatest potential. We want them to see their own success inside and outside of the workplace. 

LAI takes on different projects, all which provide employees the opportunity to learn and strengthen their skills while providing valuable resources to our community. The various services offered at LAI include contract packaging and assembly, secure document destruction, and dock foam recycling. LAI also operates the retail nursery and garden center, Gifted Gardens, during the Spring and Fall seasons; bringing new job experiences and challenges that employees will carry with them in life and possibly future job opportunities.

Board of Directors

We are a private, not-for-profit corporation, overseen by a volunteer board of directors. Board members include local business people.
The board outlines the general course for the operation and hires the operational manager for the day-to-day operations.

Board of Directors

James S Rogers
Linda Platter
Larry Laminger
John Blatchford
David Campanini
Nancy Douglas
Jim Lambert
Debrah Phillips
Patsy Riley
Gary Smith

Meet our Staff

Natalie Couch, Executive Director
Lillie Smith, Operations Manager
Jill Berendzen, Retail Garden Supervisor
Tami Bishop, Packaging Supervisor 
Travis Foreman, Production Manager
Kevin Hendrix, Driver
Lisset Holt, Office Manager
Ron Roberts, Supervisor

 
 

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday - Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Lake Area Industries
1720 North Business Rt. 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
573-346-7934

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