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In Tough Times, Brooklyn Company and Community Group Find Ways to Help Each Other


Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) awarded its 2010 “Partner in Industry Award” to Tanner Bolt & Nut Corp, a local Brooklyn business.

BCS recognized Tanner for its onsite job training of adults with disabilities. In 2010, Tanner worked with Brooklyn Unlimited to setup a “workstation” (training site) within its 25,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Brooklyn. 14 adults with disabilities have since trained and worked at Tanner’s workstation where they assembled nuts and bolts, packed shipments, and helped with other warehouse tasks. More than half have gone on to successful job placements.

Although the concept -- employing disabled adults for tasks critical to Tanner’s business -- may seem unorthodox to some, Jeffrey Tannenbaum, owner of Tanner Bolt & Nut, and Peter Dixon, Operations Manager, jumped on the opportunity as soon as it was presented to them.

Michael Rosenthal, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, introduced the idea to Tanner, and within six weeks Mr. Tannenbaum and Mr. Dixon had a workstation up and running.

When asked about his company’s involvement with the program, Mr. Tannenbaum says, “They are a tremendous benefit to our business, I’m very proud.” Mr. Dixon elaborated further saying “As a local Brooklyn business since 1979, this type of community involvement makes the company’s entrepreneurial struggles worth it.”

Founded in 1979, Tanner Bolt & Nut Corp. is a leading supplier of fasteners and industrial supplies. Tanner occupies 25,000 square feet of office and warehouse space in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Visit Tanner online at

Founded in 1866, Brooklyn Community Services is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, community-based social services agency. BCS’s more than 300 volunteers served over 11,000 people last year alone. Learn more about BCS’s diverse array of social services, including vocational training, job placement, social & mental support, and more, by visiting


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