Arthur ("Artie") Henry, Maintenance Clerk, has been with Kuehne Company for 40 years. Most of his tenure has been in the Maintenance Department as a mechanic, but for the last 5 years he has ensured that the mechanics have had the supplies and parts they need.
Although Artie is well past retirement age, at 76 years young, he continues to come to work every day with a smile. When Artie started working for Kuehne in 1976, he and his family were celebrating his grandmother’s 100th birthday. The whole family is now planning to celebrate his mother’s 105th birthday this summer. Longevity runs strong in his family as well as with Kuehne, making it hard to forecast Artie’s retirement date…
From the entire Kuehne Family: thank you Artie for your years of excellent service!
Ronda Kuehne, Kuehne Chairwoman & Walther Meyer, K+S Mine Mgr.
Visit to Morton Salt Mine in Chile
In June of this year a team from Kuehne traveled to Northeastern Chile to visit the source of high grade chemical salt used in our BTB (Brine To Bleach) process.
We visited the mining and shipping facilities of our Chilean Salt supplier. We had the opportunity to observe the several stages that P+S / Morton Salt uses in finding, cataloging, mining, sorting, transporting, and analyzing the chemical grade salt that we use. P+S/Morton Salt mines rock salt at Salar Grande de Tarapacá, a part of the Atacama Desert in Northeast Chile.
The origin of Salar Grande is thought to be the remains of a vast lake which covered the area until the end of the last ice age approximately 12,000 years ago. The 300 feet thick deposits, which reach to the surface, are mined by a cost-effective open-cast method. Production capacity at the site is around 7 million tons per year. The salt reserves in this deposit are sufficient to supply the world’s population with salt for the next 200 years.
At the shipping Port of Patillos, we visited the laboratory facilities used to test the several grades of salt loaded into ships. The quality control is impressive in terms of the procedures and sophisticated equipment used to test the salt and assure the quality of the products exported from the facility. The salt analytical lab and related equipment at the Port of Patillos is state of the art, and it is obvious that K+S goes to extreme lengths to ensure that product quality and assurance are meticulously followed and maintained.
Experiencing and observing the logistics of their supply chain and their quality control methods gave us a great degree of confidence on Morton Salt being able to supply our process with high quality chemical grade salt.