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June 14, 2018 Hesston RecordJune 14, 2018 Hesston Record

EXCEL INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCES PRESIDENT AND CEO PAUL MULLET TO RETIRE; NEW CEO APPOINTED

Posted 1/18/2018


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Outdoor Power Equipment Industry Veteran Joseph C. Wright Named Successor

Hesston, Kansas (January 18, 2018) – Excel Industries, a leading manufacturer of premium commercial and residential turf equipment sold under the Hustler and BigDog Mower Co. brand names, today announced President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Mullet will retire. Joseph C. Wright will join Excel Industries as CEO on February 12, 2018.

Mullet’s decision to retire comes after 45 years with Excel Industries, serving as president and CEO since 1991. He will remain actively engaged through March, assisting with Wright’s transition. Mullet also will continue to serve on the company’s Board of Directors, a role he has held since 1983.

Mullet’s father, Roy Mullet, was a founding member of Excel Industries. Paul Mullet started as a welder at Excel in 1972 and progressed through a diverse range of roles with a variety of responsibilities within the company, including production supervisor, service manager, and VP of sales and marketing until his promotion to president.

“Professionally and personally, now is the time for me to transition the leadership of Excel Industries,” said Mullet. “We’ve grown significantly over the last decade and we’re starting 2018 in a strong position. The entire leadership team is excited to welcome Joe as our new CEO and continue our growth trajectory.”

The Board of Directors selected Wright as CEO after an exhaustive search. Wright comes to Excel Industries from Concept Metal Group, a provider of metal processing, metal finishing, powder coating, assemblies, and supply chain management, where he served as president. Prior to that, he spent 21 years with Briggs & Stratton Corporation, the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment.

“We’re confident about this new chapter for our company with Joe at the helm,” said Chairman of the Board Bob Mullet. “Joe brings highly relevant experience in manufacturing and new product development to Excel Industries, as well as a track record of developing strong management teams and executing profitable growth strategies.”

For nearly a decade of his Briggs & Stratton tenure, Wright served as the president of its engines group. In that role, he had profit and loss responsibility for a $1.2 billion global engine business, including sales for North America, China and India. Wright acquired over 10 years of experience in manufacturing before joining Briggs & Stratton, including positions as president and vice president with companies in both the lawn and garden and small engine spaces.

“I wish Paul the best in his retirement and would like to express my gratitude to the Board of Directors for this opportunity,” said Wright. “For years, I’ve followed the progress of Excel Industries. Under my leadership, the company will continue its legacy of innovation and quality craftsmanship. I look forward to returning to my lawn and garden industry roots and becoming part of the local community.”

  

About Excel Industries, Inc.

Founded in 1960 and based in Hesston, Kansas, Excel Industries is a leading manufacturer of premium commercial and residential turf equipment. Excel introduced the world’s first zero-turn mower under the Hustler brand in 1964. Excel Industries and its affiliates have a global distribution network of more than 2,500 U.S. retailers and 25 distributors worldwide.

Flu, Stomach Viruses Hit Hesston

Posted 1/18/2018

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THE Kansas Department of Health tracks influenza outbreaks across the state. This year’s flu season appears to be spiking earlier than the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 seasons. PROVIDED PHOTO THE Kansas Department of Health tracks influenza outbreaks across the state. This year’s flu season appears to be spiking earlier than the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 seasons.

This winter, Hesston has been hit especially hard by a number of viruses circulating the community, according to Partners in Family Care. 

“What we’re seeing in our offices has mirrored the state-wide and nation-wide trends. This is earlier than typically flu season and more virulent.  Most people with influenza have a relatively sudden onset - within a day - with a high fever and chills,” said Aaron Fast, MD. 

Leslie Helmer with Newton Medical Center said according to their lab and Infection Control Center, since November, there have been 53 cases of Influenza A and 10 cases of Influenza B at the hospital and 66 cases of Influenza A and three cases of Influenza B at Newton Medical Center clinics - nine of the Influenza A and one Influenza B cases were from Mid-Kansas Family Practice, according to Helmer.  

“In talking with Infection Control, typically there is a spike in February, but we’ve really seen a spike that started in December this past year,” she said.  

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HC Hosting Night Of Basketball, Games, Fun For Hesston

Posted 1/18/2018

For The Record

The local community and alumni of Hesston College are invited to campus on Wednesday night, Jan. 24, for Alumni/Community Basketball Night, a free event featuring varsity basketball games, entertainment and fun for the whole family.

The Larks will take on NJCAA Region VI rival, Fort Scott Community College, with the women’s game scheduled for 6 p.m. in Yost Center and the men’s game to follow at 8 p.m. The evening will be filled with games, prizes, snacks and entertainment.

“Alumni/Community Night has become an annual tradition for Hesston College and a good way to reach out to the wider community as a kind of thank you for all the ways they are involved with and support the college,” said Dallas Stutzman, director of Alumni and Church Relations.

In addition to the basketball games, the lineup for the evening includes free haircuts by Snip N’ Clip, Lark megaphones and free popcorn, Lark tattoos, the Hesston High School pep band and musical entertainment by Hesston College international students.

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Hesston Auto Body Open For Business

Posted 1/18/2018

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HESSTON Auto Body owner and operator Luis Orlanzzini is working with his wife, Deseri and her uncle, Stan Stucy (left to right) at the new business on Commerce Drive. PROVIDED PHOTO HESSTON Auto Body owner and operator Luis Orlanzzini is working with his wife, Deseri and her uncle, Stan Stucy (left to right) at the new business on Commerce Drive.

Hesston Auto Body has opened in the former Gish Fabricating and Machining location on Commerce Drive.  ­­

Luis Orlanzzini, owner and operator of the business, said Hesston Auto Body will provide collision repair, restoration and sheet-metal work, along with selling auto body parts and custom paint. 

“We’re starting and building a beautiful shop. I want the chance for people, even if they don’t know me, to come and see what I can do,” he said. 

Orlanzzini was surprised there was not an existing body shop in the community. 

“I think it will be good for the community, having someone around, and they don’t have to go somewhere else - like McPherson or Wichita - and the headache of dealing with that,” he said. 

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ComiCon Brings Out Visitors Despite Winter Weather

Posted 1/18/2018

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HESSTON Public Library’s ComiCon on Monday evening brought 200 visitors to the library, many decked out in costumes of their favorite characters.  Children, as well as some adults, took advantage of the professional face painter.  Events at the ComiCon included an escape room and a life-size PacMan game.PROVIDED PHOTO HESSTON Public Library’s ComiCon on Monday evening brought 200 visitors to the library, many decked out in costumes of their favorite characters. Children, as well as some adults, took advantage of the professional face painter. Events at the ComiCon included an escape room and a life-size PacMan game.

Hesston Public Library hosted its second ComiCon on Monday afternoon. With 200 patrons attending the event, coordinator Emily Miller said it was a success. 

“The additions of Life-Size PacMan, an escape room, and face painting were all very popular,” said Miller. 

With winter weather taking Hesston by storm on Monday, Miller said the effects could be felt.

“Icy roads and the flu going around kept some of our presenters and potential attendees away,” she said. 

However, for those who attended, Miller said there were plenty of unique costumes to be seen

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Submissions Being Accepted For Play Writing Festival

Posted 1/18/2018

FOR THE RECORD

For the second year in a row, members of the local communities can exercise their creativity and storytelling abilities through play writing with Hesston College Theatre’s “Pen to Paper to Performance” play writing festival. 

Submissions for the 10-minute play festival will be accepted through March 16. Eight winning submissions will be notified March 23 and will be produced in the final showcase event April 27 and 28. Playwrights of winning submissions will receive a percentage of the box office earnings.

“Last year was really successful, and we ended up with more submissions than expected for a first-time event,” said Hesston College Theatre Director Rachel Jantzi. 

“People have already been asking if they can contribute again this year, and we’ve had interest from new writers as well. I want this to be an annual event, so I’m excited that people are interested and wanting to participate. It’s important to offer an outlet to people who want to express themselves and have a voice but don’t want to do it through performance.”

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