The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 17, 2001 · Page 2
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A2 TUESDAY, APRIL 17. 2001 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL Bags / Talks paid off for McPherson FROM PAGE A1 The new building will operate as a work and training facility for people with disabilities, and the work center will maintain contracts with local industries as well as continue to produce its own products, including pallets, shipping platforms, wood cut to length, crates and custom door mats. Clients also will be trained on computers and various other machines for employment at local businesses. But a portion of the new manufacturing plant will be set aside for an extruder, which is used to turn corn starch resin into a material used to make biodegradable trash bags. Adamson has been working for three years to bring production of reSourceBags to MCDS— ever since he heard about Biocorp during the annual Recycling and Composting Works! seminar at Bethany College in Lindsborg. Frederick Scheer, chief executive officer of the Redondo Beach, Calif.-based Bio­ corp, said MCDS began selling the bags to state and federal agencies about two years ago. But the only manufacturing plant for the bags is in Germany. Biocorp also manufactures biodegradable eating utensils and plates at a plant in Poland. Biocorp's bags decompose into natural substances such as carbon dioxide, water and biomass for composting in less than 28 days. The cutlery takes less than 60 days to decompose. Olympics exposure The company, which celebrated its fifth anniversary Monday, is a leader in the manufacture and distribution of biodegradable food service ware and bags. Bio­ corp was the exclusive provider of those products at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. "That increased our exposure quite a bit," Scheer said. Scheer said Adamson contacted him after hearing about the company. "He has been consistent in pursuing us and working with us," Scheer said. Scheer said a final deal has not been struck for the manufacturing plant, but "we are eager to reach agreement, and I believe we will be able to." It's been a long and difficult road. Adamson said the extruder used in the manufacturing process requires a 33-foot tower — and the Federal Aviation Administration has refused to allow MCDS to modify its current facility, which is near the end of the runway of the McPherson Airport. So Adamson began looking for a new location, eventually purchasing just over nine acres in the industrial park owned and operated by the city's Board of Public Utilities. It's a good fit, utilities general manager Rick Anderson said. MCDS will be the second occupant of the industrial park, which has 10 lots. The first was Ferguson Productions, which began operating its injectible plastics processing plant in 1999. "We're looking for good neighbors for one of our premier employers, Abbott Laboratories, and they're a good neighbor," Anderson said. Abbott manufactures in­ jectible pharmaceuticals and must be conscious of nearby manufacturers and their air emissions. "MCDS is environment- friendly," Anderson said. Scheer said McPherson also is the perfect community for its first U.S. manufacturing plant. "McPherson is definitely 'plastic valley,' and it has an excellent location, right in the middle of the country," Scheer said. Scheer also was drawn to MCDS because of its work with people with disabilities. "We like the idea of working with organizations that help handicapped people," Scheer said. Because MCDS serves peo­ ple with disabilities, it hopes to participate in a federal government set-aside program. "We're in the process of working on getting the set- aside," Adamson said. Through the program, provided for in the federal Javitz-Wagner-O'Day Act, MCDS would become the sole distributor of biodegradable trash bags for federal agencies. To qualify, 75 percent of the labor for the trash-bag manufacturing would have to be performed by people with disabilities. Once the operation is in full swing, Adamson said 16 of the agency's clients would be employed in the manufacture, packaging and distribution of the bags. And he wouldn't rule out manufacturing biodegradable cutlery in the future. "I never rule anything out, but we're taking it one step at a time," Adamson said. "And it seems there are eons between steps." Construction of the new facility is to begin in May, with completion slated for January 2002. Adamson hopes to have the extruder in place and be ready to begin manufacturing the biodegradable bags by that time. • Reporter Sharon Montague can be reached at 8236464, Ext. 129, or by e-mail at sJsmontague@saljournal.com lind Journal Connecting tommunltles mith tnjbmttHon (USPS'478^0) Published seven days a week. 365 days a'year at 333 S- Fou'lt PO Gcx 740 Sallna, KS 67402, by Salina Journal Inc. . Periodical postage paid at Salina', KS^ -"vi'4',s 1 Postmaster, send changes of address to: ~ '<•', The Sallria Journal, RO. Box 740, Salina KS 67402-0^40, • ADVERTISING: KIM NOFWOOD : director, knorwood @BalJoumal .com • BUSINESS: JAOKI RYBA, rrianaggr, ryba @saljourr)al.com • CIRCUUTION: DAVID GnAiiAU dtrsctor, graham@salJournal.com TdH BELL, oditorSi publisher, Uxliesaljoumal com DEPA (miENTS ', • NEWS: Scorr Ssm executive editor, ssemresalloumal mm • PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON manager, datklnso@sal}oumal.eom . 828-63B8 Salina 1-800-827-6888 Kansas SMBSCBIPTiOiyS E-mall: sJclrcOsalJoumal.com • NO PAPER?: If your paper doesn't arrive by 6:30 a.m. weekdays or 7 a.m. weekends and holidays, call the number above. In Salina; if you call by 11 a.m., your paper will be delivered that day. Out-oMown subscribers will receive missed papers the following day. • CIRCUUTION DEPARTMENT HOURS: Open at 5:30 a.m; dally. Closes at 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. on weekends, 11 a.m. on holidays. • CARRIER RATES: $15.00 plus tax for one month, $42.19 plus tax for three months. » • RATES BY IMOTOR ROUTE: $15.94 plus tax for one month, $47.82 plus tax for three months. • RATES BY MAIL (three months): In Kansas, $45.58 plus tax for dally paper, $37.12 plus tax for lulonday through Saturday, S36.06 plus tax for lulonday through Friday and $20.21 plus tax for Sunday. Outside Kansas, $54.75 for dally piper, $44.25 for fkdonday through Satur- ' day, $49.50 for H/londay through Friday ' and $25.95 for Sunday. ADVEBTISIIUfi E-mall: sjBdv ®salJoumal.cam • CLASSIFIED AND DISPLAY AD HOURS: Between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays, MEWS EXTENSION 160 • HOURS: 8 a.m. to mldnleht (i/lon- day through Saturday and 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday. ' ' , • FAX NUMBERS ALL DEPAFrnWENTS B23-3207 NEWS DEmFITMENT 827-6363 SPORTS 827-6060 Retire / Practice saves money FROM PAGE A1 Early retirement plans date back more than 20 years, said Gary Norris, superintendent of the Salina district, and are common in many school districts. "There are probably more early retirement plans than there are not," he said. The early retirement plan saves districts money by allowing teachers at the top of the pay scale to leave and be replaced by younger teachers, albeit with less experience, at a lower cost. It's possible districts can save $20,000 a year, after paying early retirement beijiefits. ^^oetaert said the Salina district is considering a plan to replace the early retirement plan with something resembling a 401(k) plan. Teachers would be able to invest in the plan, and the district might add a certain amount of money per month. Although nothing has been negotiated with the Kansas National Education Association- Salina team, Soetaert said changing the early retirement plan has been discussed. Joan Barhydt, chairwoman of KNEA-Salina, said she doesn't believe the early retirement is a "major factor" in teachers' decision to leave. She said those who retire early "feel like it is time ... to retire, that it is the best thing." The teachers' decision to retire early has more to do with the amount of duties, time, stress and the changing nature of the profession. Barhydt said, "It's nice to know you're going to have that to supplement your income." 'Ulhcce The Iiin Nevcc Sets" Saiz said the early retirement package was a benefit that helped recruit her to the district. "It really did attract me," she said. "I looked at it in the long range." But Barhydt said there may be things that serve teachers better, like investing money into something like a 401(k). While Salina considers a change in the early retirement plan, other Saline County schools are content with theirs. The Ell-Saline School District has had just three people take advantage of the early retirement plan since it started eight years ago. Only two more will qualify for the plan in the next four years. "We are weighted with younger teachers at this point," said Bernie White, superintendent. But White said the district has struggled to find teachers, particularly in subjects such as math, business and music. Robert Goodwin, superintendent of the Southeast of Saline School District, said there are a couple of dynamics with early retirement plans: "One is, in order to lobby the Legislature for more money, you have to talk about how bad the teacher shortage is. But on the other hand, it's not all bad when people retire, because of the financial impact." Goodwin said Southeast of Saline isn't realizing much of a teacher shortage and so both the district and teachers benefit from early retirement incentives. The Southeast of Saline district is losing two teachers to early retirement, and those positions have been filled. "I don't think. we have a tremendous teacher shortage out here at Southeast of Salme, and 1 don't think that Salina does, either," he said. Melanie Terrill, the Salina district's public information coordinator, said, "We are still getting good people in our classrooms, but it is getting harder and harder to do." Of Salina's 59 resignations and retirements announced this year, about 27. of the positions have been filled. "It is more competitive, and our numbers of openings are getting higher," she said. Saiz said she doesn't feel the district is having a hard time recruiting right now. It's still not a problem for.us. They are getting some really good teachers now," she said. Besides that, Saiz said the district would do well to get young people with fresh ideas into the district. "They will try to work on giving incentives to the new teachers and ... try to keep them here," she said. She said the early retirement program was one factor that brought her to the district. What looked good to her then looks even better now. "I'm stiU young enough that I can enjoy other things," she said. "I just thought I might, like to experience things that I like to do. I find myself working longer hours and working harder at this than I used to." • Reporter Tana Thomson can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 173, or by e-mail at sjtthomson@saljournal.com. ElBSOWg^ PHARMACY & OPTICAL Yes... We're StiU Here!!! In the same location for 30 years! Specializing in Custom Prescription Compounding, Nebulizers & Respiratory Medication Medicare Provider • Medicaid • Commercial Insurance Locally Owned and Operated, Dan Daley, RPH 321 S. 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