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Group O Preparing for Major New Project

some of the packaging equipment Group O has brought from Germany for this project
Group O
some of the packaging equipment Group O has brought from Germany for this project

A Quad Cities based packaging company is working on a major project for one of the world's largest producers of silicone. Group O in Milan is re-furbishing one of its buildings, has bought special equipment from Germany, and is hiring new employees.

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Associate Vice President of Operations, Scott Fury, says Group O will fill, package, warehouse, and distribute the company's silicone products for construction.

"Those items include, but are not limited to, 55 gallon drums, one to five gallon pails, caulk tubes, and what they call sausage packs - which are softer-based packaging for building structures so that you don't have caulk tubes falling from elevated areas, they can be compacted much easier."

The client has not been identified, and the cost and length of the contract have also not been released. But he can say Group O will handle about 22,000 tons (44 million pounds) of silicone for the client each year.

New hires will include 16 production and laboratory personnel, plus five for management and office jobs.

Fury says production is now expected to begin in February.

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A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.
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