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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.

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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