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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Next Specialty Resins expands in Fayette 5.29

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Scrap from the plastics industry is finding new life in Fayette.

Next Specialty Resins—part of a larger collection of plastics companies with headquarters in Addison, Mich.—is expanding operations at its Fayette plant located at the southeast corner of Industrial and Park streets.

Although the Fayette location has been used only for shipping and receiving since the company moved into the former Peter Stamping building in 2005, that’s changing with the expansion underway.

Recycling of plastics brings to mind beverage bottles, milk jugs, etc., for most people, but those products fall under the heading of post-consumer plastics. Next Specialty Resins handles post-industrial plastic, explained company president Rajiv Naik.

Scrap from plastics companies is brought to Next Specialty for shredding, grinding, testing and blending—a process that transforms scrap into raw material ready to be used again.

The company is making use of a $130,000 loan from the Fulton County Revolving Loan Fund in an expansion project pegged at $547,000.

A sink/float system was installed for material separation and a shredding and grinding line was added.

The Fayette location will continue to be used for shipping and receiving, Naik said, but plans call for additional processing lines in the future.

The Fayette plant has four employees now and Naik expects that to reach 10 to 12 by the end of the year.

“Then we’ll just have to see,” he said.

Contracts with additional plastics manufacturers would increase  business, and there’s the possibility of adding an extrusion line in the future.

As a group of companies, a closed-loop recycling process is available—taking old scrap, processing it, and recycling it back into use.

Naik said the Next Specialty Resins will continue to inform companies in the region about its capabilities. As growth continues, the company will have an interest in employing people with plastics knowledge.

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