The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 8, 2001 · Page 30
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E2 SUNDAY, APRIL 8. 2001 MONEY THE SALINA JOURNAL PERSONALS • Integrated Solutions Group has;announced the addition of Kelby Shellito as an account representative in its Salina computer technology office. Shellito has six years of technology experience, most recently as a sales representative and network engineer with Eagle Communications, Hays. • Renee H. Dubbert has been appointed tour II supervisor of customer services for the Salina Post Office, effective April 21. Dubbert has worked at the Salina Post Office since 1987 as a distribution clerk, bulk mail technician and sales and service associate. New Kwik Shop to be built in Salina Construction of a convenience store with a standalone, one-bay car wash in south Salina is to begin in a couple of months. Hutchinson-based Kwik Shop officials said no completion time has been set for the store on a 1.48-acre tract at the southwest corner of Ninth and Schilling streets. Laura Green, real estate and customer service manager for Kwik Shop, said the store will be the company's seventh in Salina, and the first Kwik Shop in the city to have a car wash. The new store, with 3,865 square feet, will be the largest Kwik Shop in Salina. Kwik Shop has 165 stores in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. From Staff Reports PERMITS Salina Commercial — 2670 Planet, Harry Baxter, footing and foundation, no cost listed. 1416 W. North, B&W Electrical Contractors, add pitched roof, $30,000. Residential and miscellaneous — 351 N. Columbia, Clyde Grover, patio cover, $1,800. 1403 Crescent, Debra Morris, ' interior remodeling, $2,581. 2261 Redhawk, Daryl Bixby Construction, finish family and bathroom in basement, $4,900. Single-family housing — 2309 Grant Court, Larry Seim Construction, $175,000. Saline County Garage — 5149 S. Halstead, Larry Hall, $10,000. Residential and miscellaneous — 2520 N. Reese, John Phelps, construct machine shed and hay storage, $10,000. Single-family housing — 128 S. Brenda Lane, Alan Shuler, $189,000. 299 S. Morris, Timothy and Julia Sankey $220,000. Airfares from Salina Destination Price Destination Price Albuquerque $320 Miami $318 Boise 413 Naslivllle ' 290 Portland 422 NewYorl< 288 Reno 519 Philadelphia 314 Salt Lal<e City 300 Tampa 316 San Diego 395 Washington, D,C.238 All fares are the cheapest round-trip prices from Salina Municipal Airport as of the previous Thursday. Various restrictions apply. Barb Bell Vice President Branch Manager Quite simply. Security Security Savings Bank 317 S. Santa Fe 1830 S. Ohio, Salina 785-825-8241 Equal Housing lender, MEMBER FDIC Chicks / Growers provide care Source: Action Travel Journal Graplilc FROM PAGE El Growers must provide the barns, utilities, watet and care for the chickens. Heckemeyer says most growers — there are 7,600 farms in 16 states — have good relations with Tyson. "We started the chicken business about five years ago," said Heckemeyer "We've never been sorry It provides a set income for farmers." Heckemeyer, who farms about 640 acres southeast of Sikeston, also raises cattle and a few acres of grain — soybeans, corn and wheat. He and his brother have another 1,200 acres of pine trees, which provide pine needles for livestock bedding. The birds at the Heckemeyer farm and about 18 to 20 others in the area are kept as comfortable as possible. In the winter, thermostat-controlled heaters keep.the birds warm. In the summer, automatic fans and motor-driven curtains keep the air moving. The overall shed temperature is kept at 84 to 86 degrees to start with but dips to 82 as the chickens grow. Special poultry heaters maintain a 115-degree temperature in some areas. "Automation also helps feed and water the chickens," Heckemeyer said. The birds drink from nipple drinkers that dispense water Automatic feeders keep the specially formulated feed coming when the birds begin to eat. In the first three to four weeks, the chicks eat about 4 tons of food per week, Heckemeyer said. "By the time they're grown, they'll be going through 4 tons a day" Getting into the chicken business is an expensive proposition. Heckemeyer's sue chicken houses cost an average of $135,000 each to buUd. But the chicken ranch doesn't take up much space on the farm — only about 20 acres, he said. The survival rate of small chicks is over 97 percent. Heckemeyer uses rice hulls, obtained locally, on the floors. "Af- The Associated Press These 6 -day-olcl chicks gather to eat in one of the poultry houses operated by Joe Hecl^emeyer of Sikeston, IVlo. ter each cycle, we have to completely clean the buildings," he said. As the chickens grow, so do the cleaning details. About half of the 650-foot- long structures are used when the baby chicks come into their new home. As they grow, new sections of the sheds are opened until the entire space is used by the time the chickens reach full growth. Tyson has 83 plants in 20 states and produces a variety of products from Cornish game hens to boneless, skinless breasts, chicken patties and full dinners. Tyson is No. 1 There are other national poultry processing companies which generate the $27.5 billion chicken industry in the United States. Tyson produces twice the poultry products of Gold Kist, which is No. 2 on the poultry list. The top five are Tyson, Gold Kist, ConAgra Poultry Pur­ due Farms and Pilgrim Pride. Missouri poultry production has increased over the past decade and a half from 7.4 million in 1987 to 40 million chickens last year. Scott and Stoddard counties became large-scale poultry producers in the past decade. Barry, McDonald and Newton counties have been large poultry areas since the mid-1980s. Others among the top eight counties included Pettis, Morgan and Lawrence counties. • BUS IWIANUFACTURiNG ElDorado National won't take part in Thor project Production of new bus will take place at California plant From Staff and Wire Reports Production of a transit bus to be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and a hybrid-electric drive system is an exciting proposition for Thor Industries, the parent company of Salina's ElDorado National, 304 E. Avenue E. Unfortunately, production of the new bus will be confined to the company's California operation, said Sheldon Walle, senior vice president and general manager of Salina's ElDorado plant. ElDorado is a subsidiary of Jackson, Ohio-based Thor, the largest builder of small and midsized buses and the second-largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles in the United States. WaUe said the Salina plant simply manufactures bodies for traditional chassis purchased elsewhere. "This new technique is limited to the companies that build the chassis as well," Walle said. "We don't foresee building chassis here anytime in the near future." Federal funds fuei project Thor's ThunderPower joint venture with ISE Research Corp., San Diego, received a $740,000 federal funding commitment to support development and demonstration of the zero-emission, high-performance, low-cost transit bus. A 60-kilowatt PEM fuel cell supplied by International Fuel Cells, a division of United Technologies, will convert hydrogen fuel into electrical motive power provided to an electric motor The fuel cell will be combined with a deep cycle battery pack to maximize energy efficiency and enable use of a smaller, less- expensive fuel cell. The batteries are easily rechargeable and allow the vehicle to recapture energy through regenerative braking. Successful demonstration will lead to a commercial product that ThunderPower believes will be the lowest- priced fuel-ceU-powered bus in the world. This unique drive configuration will be integrated by ISE Research Corp. into a 30- foot "E-Z Rider" low-floor transit bus built by ElDorado National. In late 2001, the bus will be placed into trial service with SunLine Transit Agency, Thousand Palms, Calif. Commercial products are expected to follow within a yean Eight ElDorado National buses equipped with hybrid- electric drive systems supplied by ISE Research are operating in downtown Los Angeles and Holywood, Calif. Safety / Young don't receive sales pitch FROIM PAGE E1 "They're high-priced," he said. "But we've never lost a soul in the 51 years that we've had these alarms in homes." He said one of his three salesmen doesn't even attempt to sell to young people. "He won't sell to younger people because they don't have any money" he said. Moody said heat detectors work, but it's not necessary to spend thousands of dollars to be reasonably safe. "We don't want people panicking thinking that what they have is not protecting them," he said. "Smoke is what kills you in a fire. Very few people die from a fire's heat." He said in some fires, such as a fast-moving attic fire, a heat detector might be more effective than a smoke detector Moody and Nuss use ionization smoke detectors in their homes. "I can go to Wal-Mart and Kmart and pick up a smoke detector for $5 to $15 and put one on every level of my home, and if I change the battery regularly I can provide wonderful protection to my family" Nuss said. "I'd just be very leery of • someone who wants to sell you something that costs thousands of dollars. "An early warning doesn't have to cost a lot of money" • Reporter Kara Rhodes can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 167, or by e-mail at sjkrhodes® saljournal.com. For complete stock Ustings go to yalip^nijiltcofn Salina Journal "Online Connecting communities with information Salina Journal ConnrrKne nmimunltUf triiA li\/bmalltin Daniel R. Saulnier, CFP Senior Financial Advisor • Personal Financial Planning • Tax Planning Strategies • Mutual Funds • Investment Certificates > IRAs/Keoghs American Express Financial Advisors, Inc. Member NASD 1015 Elmhurst Blvd. • Salina, KS 67401 785-827-8766 Ford Certified Mechanics SERWIGE CENTER 340 N. Santa Fe, Salina • 823-2237 • 800-874-6316 (DOUHCII News you can Usel | Hal R. Peterson P.O. Box 1953 Salina, KS 67402-1953 Membership in The President's Council is reserved for those Federated marketing representatives who achieve outstanding marketing results. Council members and their spouses were honored at the annual meeting of the Federated President's Council. FEDERATED INSURANCE^ The FEDERATED Insurance Companies • 121 E. Park Square, Owatonna, MN 55060 Phone: (507) 455-5200 • INTERNET: www.federatedinsurance.com Smokey Valley Fire/Safety SAI'Ki'Y SYSTKIMS INCOiiPOllATICl) Chuck Maltbie Sr. The truth is that nearly all fire deaths are now occurring in homes containing smoke detectors. This is because about 93% of the homes currently have them. The public also has been informed that the primary reason why deaths occur in the homes containing smoke detectors Is because they have not been maintained, the battery is missing, etc. That too is false and dangerous information. The truth is that more than 50% of the time when deaths occur it is because working smoke detectors sound only after conditions within the home have entered the "untenable" stage. When the detector belatedly rings, too often it is too late to escape. Tests reveal that pt least 60% of the fire deaths occurred on homes containing smoke detectors (my own studies show about 80%). And, in most cases those detectors were "working" detectors (no missing battery). They did detect the fire eventually, but only after it was too late to escape. Source; Richard M. Ration, Registered Fire Protection Engineer, President, Crusade Against Fire Deaths, Inc. 1506 1/2 Beverly Dr. • Salina, KS • 785-452-3490

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