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12 Thursday, August 5, 1982 UPS 102-240 Chenel 'Washington 99004 25 Serving the Communities of Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights COND. or LOTION, 15 0Z .... DU CH TRY N Ymmm Tronic starts production tl'om Thrun one year since Key aquisition of land Park, it now is It feomputer keyboards .about 100 persons -- leh have been selected If. By this time next year, the Cheney Key Tronic plant may employ 200 to 300 people. That was the message given to the Free Press by the Cheney Key Tronic plant manager, Tom Stewart. "They (local employees) are proving to be quality people with good growth potential," Stewart continued, praising the enthusiasm shown thus far in the plant. Production in the Cheney facility began about one month ago with three shifts running three molding machines. The molding machines make the plastic keys for the keyboards. As of last week, a total of eight molding machines were in operation. Except for the completion of a large painting area, the plant's Assembly Shop, Sheet Metal Shop, Molding Shop and assorted other work areas are vir- tually complete. Outside ground land- scaping is underway, complete with a sprinkler system, and should be finish- ed along with the paving of the driving and parking areas, next summer. Key Tronic, headed by President L.G. Zirkle, began operation in 1969 in the Spokane Industrial Park where the firm's headquarters presently are lo- cated. Besides the new Cheney plant, another satellite plant is located at Newport. Stewart noted that Key Tronic cur- rently "has the edge" on the world market for computerized keyboards. "And we aim to keep it," he contin- ued. "We're going to grow real fast." Another 10 people probably will be hired at the Cheney facility in August, noted Stewart. Ctlrrently, the facility is not accepting applications as over 600 already are on file. However, Stewart speculated that applications may again be taken for employment at some time in the future. Cheney resident Ovle Edmonds helps to make pies. tic keys for computer keyboards. "One good thing about the people here is that they are motivated and enthusiastic about learning," said Stewart, saying employees -- both male and female -- range in age from 16 to over 50. Already, a company picnic has been planned, and Stewart said the plant plans to become involved in the com- munity, perhaps starting out with a program with the Cheney Fire Depart- ment to offer CPR training to company employees. Stewart termed the relationship the company has developed during the construction phase with the City of Cheney as "great". Water, sewer and electrical services have been applied to the area by the various city depart- ments. \\; Wheat harvest will begin shortly in the Cheney area. Above, Nabisco Flour Mill Manager Bill Epperson, right, looks at this year's crop with C h e c k g r a i n Cheney ,.rm.r F,oyd Simpson. left, and Gordon Young, center, manager for the Cheney Grain Growers. (S. related feature inside.) Cheney Scout troop canoes 100 miles A group of t8 Sc,: and their leaders from Cheney 356 returned Friday from week-long canoe trip down the Colum- bia River and across Lake Roosevelt. Leader Gary Geschke pointed out that this was the largest group of Scouts ever taken on the outing. Because of the nature of the outing, only first-class Scouts were allowed to participate. Scouts ranged in ages from 11 to 16. "We had a pretty young group for that kind of a trip," continued Gesehke, noting that paddling on the lake is rougher than canoeing down a moving river. For the first 12 miles down from below the Dallas rapids, the group enjoyed moving with the current. How- ever, the remaining 97 miles proved to be much different. Geschke noted that they did have favorable wind the first few days on the lake, so canoed for long periods in order to make time where they could. One morning, he noted, they rose at 3:30 a.m. so that they could be orl the lake by 4:30 a.m. Only for about one day were they able to rig sails on four of the canoes and lash canoes together. On another day, they rowed against two-to-three-foot waves, with a few scouts learning what it is like to be sick at sea. "It's not often a troop will take on that kind of trip in still water," said Geschke, commenting further on the good behavior and endurance show by the Scouts. "The trip was designed so that when they came back they would feel they had accomplished a major undertaking." Scouts undertake adventure A group of 18 Boy Scouts from Cheney troop 356 recently went on a 100-mile canoe trip through Roosevelt Lake. Troop leader Gary Geschke noted that this is the largest group that has ever made the trip and extended his thanks to those in the community who lent canoes. In front, from left, are Mike Wallace, Gregg Geschke, Seen Batty, Jeff Nelson, Eric Van Zee and Del Swan. In row two are Kelly Edwards, Scott Campbell, Matt Van Zee and Mike GIIdea. In row three are Steve Sparks, Jason Scott, Scott Lambright, Don Coumbs, George Sparks and Pastor Phil Maakestad. In back are Gary Geschke, Ken Edwards, Mark Maakestad and Bob Van Zee. "INE 0rkers Local Cheney.area employees appear happy at their new Jobs behind molding equipment at the new Key Tronlc plant In Cheney. From left, are Gayle Marsh, Joyce Okubo and Marylln Holm. Explorers assist Cheney Explorer Scouts last week helped to take some Cheney youngsters to Camp Gifford near Deer Lake. In front, from left, are campers Susie Telerle, Katdna Tiede, Joe Hancock and Jeff and John McCormick. In back is Chenev Police officer Allen Bremner and Explorers Greg Munoz and Rick Campbell. I I I I I I ii I Illllll ...... __ Ill Seahawk Weekend--details inside/ Ill m  .............. ....  m m --" ....