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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Palm Plastics announces temporary closure 05.12.10

Written by David Green.

Production has ceased at Morenci’s Palm Plastics company for what’s expected to be a three-month period.

David Munson, Palm’s director of corporate relations, announced Wednesday the company was temporarily suspending operations at its Morenci plant for 90 days.

Munson said production will temporarily be shifted to Palm Plastics’ Bowling Green, Ohio, facility while various systems are upgraded in Morenci.

“Palm Plastics anticipates that this shift in production will be temporary and that operations in Morenci will be resumed in approximately 90 days,” Munson said.

Some Morenci employees were offered temporary work at Bowling Green for certain production areas.

“Palm Plastics is grateful for the service and commitment of its employees and looks forward to resuming operations in Morenci as soon as possible,” Munson added.

Palm manufactures a variety of goods ranging from housewares to medical components and shipping pallets.

REVSTONE—The Lexington, Ky., based Revstone Industries acquired Palm Plastics last year in a joint venture with a Chinese firm.

Revstone media representative Myra Moreland said the acquisition occurred in November 2009.

Palm is listed as one of five companies in its plastics division. Revstone also has metals, aerospace and specialty products divisions.

Moreland characterized Palm’s affiliation with Revstone as “very good news.” Revstone has invested in many plants facing financial challenges, she said. With its offshoot, Cerion, the firm has acquired more than 20 companies since its founding in 2008. One of the most recent purchases was the Grede Foundries in Vassar, Mich., which was threatened with closure.

Company CEO George Hofmeister is especially interested in Michigan companies.

“George has great affection for Michigan and he wants to keep jobs in Michigan,” Moreland said.

In addition to the headquarters in Kentucky, Revstone has an office in Southfield, Mich.

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