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August 5, 1982     Cheney Free Press
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i:i  ii!ziii!;i < i i V iiii  iii:i!iiiii!i:/i Milling Supervisor Gary Joyce, right, shows trainee Brad Loucks the corrigation of rollers used to 11 wheat. Joyce has been at the Chancy mill for five years. Loucks has been in town for two months, following graduation from Kansas State University Milling School. ( Burlington- Northern I Cooperation with the Burlington North. ern Railroad plays an important part in the movement of grain and flour in Cheney. Above, railroad executives and : Cheney mill officials inspect a bulk flour car, one of 67 such cars specially leased or assigned to the Cheney mill. # .... From left are BN Area Manager of Sales and Service Clyde Speaks, Cheney Flour Mill Manager Bill Epperson, BN Area Sales Representative Richard Hen. richs, BN official Denny Armstrong and Cheney Flour Mill Office Manager Dick Goetz, who is checking the car's un- loading system. Thursdav. August 5, 1982 Cheney Free Press Pa.qe 7 photos by Tom Thrun Gary Joyce, above, at a second.floor he checks the ground fifth floor as it goes cyclone receiv- system helps to the top of the plant.- belt-driven eleva- ::i Sifting and packing Milling Trainee Brad Loucks, at left, looks at flour after it comes out of the fourth-floor sifters. A total of 36 sifting units help in producing a variety of products. Below, Flour Packer Ray Parker loads flour into the top of a bulk railroad car. Cheney Flour Mill... (Cont. from page 6) One change seen as being pro- gressive by Milling Supervisor Gary Joyce is the installation of the new "pneumatic conveyor" system, which replaces the old belt-driven elevators. Now, a vac- cume will transport the flour to the top of the facility between milling cycles. This change, will make a more efficient, sanitary and safe operation. Epperson noted that he and the other 24 Nabisco employees have been working closely in recent months with the Cheney Fire Department personnel and volun- teers. One employee, Charlie Weber, currently is a volunteer fireman. On Aug. 18, he and other volunteers will go on a training session in the facility so that they can become familiar with its many areas. "If anything happens, we want to be on top of it immediately," said Epperson. "We appreciate the efforts of the Cheney Fire Depart- ment in establishing plans of action for all areas of the plant." Epperson said the improvements to the plant being undertaken by Nabisco are a reflection on the total operation of the plant and on the "teamwork" involved. Cur- rently, there are 25 local em- ployees, many of whom have decades of experience behind them. Bill Goodwin has the longest service record of 33 years, followed by Ed Betz with 31 and R.L. Nelson with 30. Besides shipping flour to Nabisco bakeries in Portland and at Buena Park, Calif., the Cheney mill now is sending out many "specialty" grinds to many areas of the North- west and California. By products- the "millrun" left from the grind- ing of wheat--goes to a variety of animal feed manufacturers. Nationally, Nabisco merged with Standard Brands a few years ago. Today, the company-unknown to many-also is associated with such products as Lifesavers, Fleisch- mann's margerine, Planter's Pea- nuts and others. "Their (Nabisco's) aggressive- ness shows their confidence in the employees of the Cheney mill," said Epperson. "It's a total team effort that make's it a success." Testing samples Frank Nataf, who has been employed in the Nabisco Company lab for 25 years, conducts many tests on the wheat that comes into the facility. Above, he takes test weight measurements of each sample. At right, sample is put through the cyclone grinder. Below, a new computer speeds up the reading of moisture and protein content from each sample. @