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GEAPS Exchange 2006 to Hit High Notes in Nashville
GEAPS will converge upon “Music City,” a.k.a. Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 25-March 1, for Exchange 2006. It is fitting that the city known for the Grand Ole Opry and home of budding and veteran musicians alike will be the venue for the grain elevator and processing industry’s own lineup of stars: new products, operational innovations and an educational program made to hit all the high notes. Exchange 2006 is expected to draw some 2,000 attendees and 270 exhibitors to the Nashville Convention Center.

Educational Program
The first educational session, scheduled from 7:45-11:00 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, will set the tone for the three-day program. At this writing, the dates and times of the individual sessions had not been finalized, but the following is a list of topics and speakers that will be featured Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 26-Feb. 28:
• Manlift Safety & Maintenance -- Don Kester, Schumacher Elevator Co., Denver, Iowa
• Foreign Materials in Grain & Methods for Removal & Cleaning -- Tim McDougall, Buhler, Inc., Plymouth, Minn.
• Barge Safety & River Rescue -- Chuck McAllister, American River Transportation Co., St. Louis, Mo.
• Hazard-Monitoring Devices: Selection & Operation -- Mark Coventry, Rolfes@Boone, Boone, Iowa
• Grain Dust: Safety, Health & Environment -- Stacy Schmidt, The Andersons, Maumee, Ohio
• Improving Grain Operations Planning Using Elevator-SIM -- Dirk Maier, Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind.
• Coaching Challenging Employees -- Mike McCartney, former manager, training & development, The Andersons
• Arc Flash Hazards in the Workplace: Michael J. Goslak, River Consulting LLC, Brentwood, Tenn.
• Spill-Prevention, Containment & Control Regulations -- Ron Demaray, Regulatory Consultants Inc., Horton, Kan.
• Developing a Facility Automation Plan -- Tom Shoen, COMCO, Canton, Ga.
• Innovative Feed Mill in Thailand -- Mark Geitzenauer, Ibberson International, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
• Motor Carrier Safety -- Richard Gobbell & Stephanie Mann, U.S. DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Tennessee Division, Nashville
• The Next Generation: Hiring & Keeping Young People in the Grain Industry -- Glenn Person, AGRI-Associates Inc., Kansas City, Mo.
• Dryer Optimization: Be Smarter than your Grain Dryer -- Wes Peterson, The Mathews Co., Indianapolis, Ind.
• Managing Grain in Temporary Piles -- Harmon Towne, Brock Grain Systems

Idea Exchange
The GEAPS Idea Exchange, scheduled from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, will feature 15 “vocalists,” who will open with “What’s New?” -- a discussion of new industry products; and “Why Don’t They?... I Did!” – a rendition of innovations that grain-operations managers, workers or suppliers created to improve facility safety or efficiency. Here’s the play list:
Why Don’t They?... I Did!
• Controlled Burn -- Rick Krier, Western Iowa Co-op
• Procedures for Slip-Form Module Disassembly -- Doug Petrick, FWS Construction, Ltd.
• Rotary Valve Automation -- Lionel Helweg, Kraft Foods
• Providing A Quality Safety Meeting -- Daryl Watts, RCI

What’s New?
• Grossman-WOW Advanced Dispatching and Fleet Management Module, Grossman & Associates
• Suspend SC Grain Protectant & Bin Insecticide, Industrial Fumigant Co.
• Thermal Cast Restoration, Alliance Surface Technologies
• Compliance in a Can, Seedburo
• Silexport Vibrafloor, Neuro Corp.
• Power Management Software, COMCO
• Sweep-Master, Brock Grain Systems
• Execute and Execute II, Agriliance
• Parthenon Floor Support, CTB, Inc.
• Nano Nose Mold Sensor, Sensor Development Co.
• Crop Converter, Aikens Enterprises Ltd.

These programs and a whole lot more are planned for GEAPS Exchange 2006. For details and updates, please visit www.geaps.com or call GEAPS at 612-339-4625.

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