The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 2, 1986 · Page 45
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The Salina Journal Sunday, February 2,1986 PageSQ , Local employers expect to offer more jobs to Salmans in 1986 Scott Wlllloim V^VII WHHVn Preliminary stages of the North American Philips expansion are under way on the east side of the plant. Inset is an artist's conception of the completed facility. Industrial optimism reflected in brick-and-mortar improvements By JIM BOLE Staff Writer The rumble of earthmovers pushing dirt and the clang of girders being locked into one another are evidence of the optimism of several Salina industries that are backing their hopes with investment. Two of Salina's largest employers — Tony's Pizza Service and North American Philips Lighting — are among those that have made or are making recent physical plant improvements. Other Salina businesses, such as Xetec and KPL Gas Service, also plan improvements or moves to new facilities, or have completed them. Tony's Pizza Service, which employs more than 1,200 people, built a new technology center and cold storage building last year. Philips, says plant manager Joe Cinalli, is putting more money into its Salina plant than any of the 14 other Philips facilities in the country. By July, construction will be completed at Tony's on a cold storage building next to a smaller refrigerated building that was built in 1985 behind Tony's main building at 3019 Scanlan, said plant manager BobBeasley. The Paul Schwan Technology Center is the new home for the approximately 40 employees from Tony's product development, testing and quality control departments that used to be housed in three different locations. A $20 million addition to the North American Philips Lighting plant in south Salina is expected to be finished by Augustrand will be used to expand its fluorescent light production capability, Cinalli said. About 48,000 square feet will be added to the 474,000-square-foot area of the Philips plant. No new jobs will be created because of the addition, but the outstanding performance of the more than 500 Salina employees is one of the reasons Philips is building the addition, Cinalli said. Another reason for building the addition is the increased production capacity will keep Philips in competition with other major competitors in the lighting industry, Cinalli said. Xetec Inc., a computer hardware and software manufacturer, moved to a larger building last year, and will be putting in about $850,000 worth of new equipment and other improvements this year, said owner Jon Flickinger. The company was awarded a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant in December and the company plans to invest an additional $450,000, Flickinger said. Xetec's new building, 3010 Arnold, allowed the company to meet the demand for its equipment that has doubled in the past two years, he said. KPL Gas Service moved to a new $1.5 million building at 1001 Edison Place in March 1985, consolidating four KPL offices scattered throughout Salina, said Pat Morgan, KPL's district manager. Besides a change in address, the utility company also changed its name in 1985. The merger between the state's largest electricity and natural gas distributors, Kansas Power and Light Co. and Gas Service Co., was approved by stockholders in July 1985, and the merged companies are now known as KPL Gas Service Co. Many other Salina businesses have made brick-and-mortar improvements to their facilities. The Salina Area Chamber of Commerce lists the following businesses among those which have remodeled, expanded or built new facilities (some of which are still under way) since 1984: American Family Insurance — remodeled, 560 square foot addition. American Fire Equipment — new office' facilities, additional warehouse/service space. Brooks Retail Liquors — moved to remodeled 6,000 square foot store. Brown Welding Supply — remodeled retail store. Clark, Mize & Linville (attorneys) — 4,800 square foot addition. Clubine & Rettele (accountants) — expansion. Computerland — 1,200 square foot addition. Consolidated Printing and Stationery — expanded plant and moved retail store. Counseling & Growth Center — remodeling. ERA First Realty — Additional space added. A.G. Edwards & Sons — complete renovation. First National Bank & Trust — remodeling to all three facilities. Food-4-Less — Mid-State Mall store remodeled and expanded. General Motors Acceptance Corporation — new facility built. The Glass Shop — expansion of building. Green Lantern Car Wash — rebuilt Iron and Ohio facility. Dr. Ken Guest (dentist) — remodeled and expanded. Grant Woodcraft — moved to larger building. The Hair Connection — complete remodeling. Harvey Transfer — remodeled. Jett Dental Center — remodeled. Kwal Paints — added additional warehouse space. Kansas Technical Institute — opened new 30,000 square foot technology center. Key Mars Restaurant — moved to new and remodeled facility. KPL Gas Service — moved into new 34,000 square foot office/service center. KSAL Radio — new studio and tower built. Land Title Services — remodeled structure for office building. McDonald's Management — bought new office building. MarketAide — remodeled and moved to new offices. Maytag West Crawford Laundry — additional space added. MONY Financial Services — new office. Morgan Supply — New showroom and off ice. Norrls Furniture — remodeled. 1961 Delbert Chopp Co., Inc. Serving Central Kansas For 26 Years Sales "Installation • Service On *Accoustical Ceilings * Ray nor Doors & Openers * Demountable Partitions 448 North Front Salina, Kansas 67402 P.O. Box 167 Phone: 827-5484 North American Philips Lighting — $20 million spent In updating facilities. Occupational Center of Central Kansas — purchased Sparkle Car Wash. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. — remodeled. Premier Pneumatics — built new building. Rema BakeWare — built 12,000 square foot addition. R&J Tax Service — expanded building. Ryan Mortuary — now building. St. John's Hospital — established laser center and additional satellite operations. St. John's Military School — building renovation and campus beautlfication. Salina Concrete Products — new storage facility. Salina Family Physicians — 8,650 square foot addition. Salina Family YMCA — 12,000 square foot addition. Salina Moving Co. — moved to new 25,000 square foot warehouse. Salina Supply — remodeled showroom. The Scheme — added private club. School Specialty Supply — remodeled retail store. Scientific Engineering — remodeled. Security Savings & Loan — moved into new $1.8 million office building. ServiceMaster of Salina — new building, expanded office/warehouse. Dr. Edward C. Simmons (dentist) — remodeled. Social and Rehabilitation Services — moved to new offices. H.W. Steele — remodeled Graves Building. Button's Shoppe — built new Facility. Tony's Pizza Service — built new refrigerated building, new sewage pre-treatment system, new technical center, and expanded spice plant. Tony's Restaurant and The Winery — remodeled and purchased additional food business. Tractor Supply Co. — moved into new build- Ing. Tradewinds Advertising & Communications — moved to larger facility. Turbine Specialties — remodeled and expanded offices. U.S. Post Office — moved into new facility. Dr. John M. Welsh — moved into new and remodeled office. Xetec Inc. — moved to larger building. By JUDITH WEBER StaH Writer Salina, like many areas of the nation, suffered a decrease in its number of manufacturing jobs in 1985. But 1986 looks more promising for the city, with a significant number of new manufacturing jobs expected to be added, according to Gerald Cook, president of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. According to figures of the Salina Job Service Center, the number of manufacturing jobs in Saline County decreased by 525 during 1985. The county employed 4,650 workers in manufacturing in January 1985, and 4,125 in December 1985, said Ken Dreiling, an analyst with the Job Service Center. The number of manufacturing jobs in the county has decreased since 1981, when the annual average was 5,225 manufacturing employees, he said. Employment in other areas of the economy stayed the same or showed increases during 1985, according to January and December figures. But manufacturing jobs are used as a barometer to measure economic health, Dreiling said, because of their large payroll which helps support other occupations. "It has a domino effect," he said. Along with the loss of manufacturing jobs, the number of claims for unemployment insurance has risen, he added. Industry "It doesn't look very good. The job market is awful tight." But Cook said the Sauna job market will see "a significant amount of growth in the next year." He said 300 to 400 manufacturing jobs are expected to be created by the end of 1986. Most of the new manufacturing jobs will be created by ElDorado Motor Corp. which opened a plant in Salina in September. The rest of the increase will be spread among various manufacturers, he said. ElDorado produces two lines of small transit buses at its Salina plant, and production of its new state- of-the- art Star!ire motorhome is expected to begin this month. Manufacturing jobs are classified as primary jobs, which Cook defined as jobs that do not rely on Salina for their livelihood, but instead sell their products outside the city. Primary jobs also include distribution warehouses, hotels and the health care industry, he said, Service and retail businesses are classified as secondary jobs. The Salina Holiday Inn and Holi- dome under construction at 1616 W. Crawford is expected to open in late summer and employ about 200. Hospital officials also said they expect employment in the health care industry to increase in 1986. Skagg's Alpha Beta, a combination grocery, department store and pharmacy at Ninth and Magnolia, is expected to open in mid-February and company officials have said the store could employ 150 people. On the down side, employment at one of Salina's major manufacturers, Beech Aircraft Corp., continued to fall in 1985. Employment went from 450 in January 1985 to 268 in January 1986. But Salina plant manager Dick Tilgner said he expects employment to remain steady in 1986. The creation of a few hundred primary jobs in 1986 would have a significant impact on the city economically, Cook said. "Anytime you create 100 primary jobs you create 64 additional jobs." According to a 1984 study of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the 64 additional jobs include 45 in wholesale and retail trade, seven in transportation and the remainder in construction, service, finance, real estate and public administration. One hundred new manufacturing jobs would bring $1.9 million additional dollars in personal income from new jobs, and boost retail sales' $1.5 million, the chamber said. CMC • CATERPILLER • CUMMINS • DETROIT DIESEL ALLISON • CMC SERVICE TRUCK SERVICE & PARTS THE BEST AROUND! Gas-Diesel-Allison Automatics WHEELS UNLIMITED TRUCKS COMPLETE MECHANICAL SERVICE *Engines * Transmissions (Mechanical & Automatic) * Axles Front End & Frame Work—Full Line Body Shop (Free Estimates) NIGHT SERVICE Hours: 7:30 am to 7:30 pm Mon.-Fri. 8:00 'til noon Saturday • % ton to 40 ton CATERPILLAR I., t "_'. ••'••.'; ~ ' • . ' .: ' • '' - ' ' 1-70 & N. Ohio Salina Ks. 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