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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

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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