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Chamber honors top Iowa Parkans at banquet

By Sherrie Williams
During the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet held Saturday evening at First Family Center top honors were given to a business and six citizens.
They include: Business of the Year, Louis Jewelry; Citizen of the Year, Ray Schultz; Senior Citizen of the Year, James Geary; Outstanding Educator (elementary), Cindy Routh; Outstanding Educator (secondary), Erin Nimet; Outstanding Students, Ryan McIlroy.
Also, Special Service certificates were presented to Kathy Papp, Iowa Park Volunteer Fire Department Paramedic Lewis Skinner, Iowa Park Police Chief Robert Johnson, Iowa Park Police Sgt. Sherry Fowler, and Officer Derek Vann for saving the life of Greg James who had passed out inside a house that caught fire in the 500 block West Alameda in early November.
Guest speakers were Fred Schrock plant manager of Cryovac Sealed Air and Harry Carner co-owner of S5! Manufacturing.
Schrock showed photos and a power point presentation about the product they make. he explained they use a box car and a half of plastic pellets each day, 360 days a year to make their product, plastic meat bag.
The Iowa Park plant is the second largest Sealed Air plant globally.
Their most recent investment in the plant was $60 million.
They employee 800 people and are adding 50 additional employees over several months in 2017/2018.
They have a $65 million payroll, which include sbenefits.
The factory was established in Iowa Park over 40 years ago and there are three employees still there who started when the plant opened. They are: Leroy Threat, Max Henderson, and Keith Gillen.
Schrock said they also have two and three generation families working there.
Carner said S5 was formed in 2011 and opened in Iowa Park in 2012.
They purchased the building, formerly occupied by Wal-Mart, at 500 West Highway from the City of Iowa Park.
The manufacturing company makes metal roof attachment devices.
The devices include primarily solar panel attachment clamps, as well as snow retention clamps, and others that are most often used on standing seam metal roofs.
They are a global company. They currently have 34 employees and are expanding.
Also, during the banquet a group of COC board members were proposed and approved.
They include: Ken Via, Glena Via, Jeff Rhoades, Steve Moody, Mike Price, David Owen, Kendall Graves, Lynn Dutton, Dana Ross-Gentry, Jonathan Clubb, and Ouida Vian.