January 30, 2017
Wayne Baynard was hired full time by what was the Chloramone Company (a subsidiary of Kuehne at the time) as a Truck Driver on December 14, 1993. Wayne always had a strong sense of duty to help make the Kuehne Company the best company possible. Some examples of the contributions Wayne made to Kuehne are: he worked as the Relief Transportation Supervisor for many years, he helped define the specifications for new tractors when the Company switched to leasing some Peterbuilt tractors, he installed and tested a trial compressor on his tractor, and was often asked to run deliveries to customers where an issue had occurred to act as an advocate and help improve our relationship with the customer.
For a period in the middle to late nineties Wayne assisted the Company serving as a mechanic/driver. Through his initiative in removing the carbon steel ladders and walkways and replacing them with stainless steel he was instrumental in upgrading our fleet of hypochlorite trailers. Further, his contributions were very valuable in the design of our chlorine export trailers as he developed a very unique method of chocking and stabilizing the containers.
Wayne, our driver with the longest tenure here at Kuehne, focused on critical deliveries to facilities in the mideast seaboard of the United States. This included Fairfax County in Arlington, VA; the City of Washington DC; the City of Philadelphia and the City of Baltimore just to name a few. Eric Johnson who is with the City of Baltimore paid Wayne a complement recently stating “Wayne was cordial, cooperative and a pleasure to work with.” As we consider our delivery drivers our Ambassadors at the customer’s facilities, these words are always very good to hear.
Wayne will be retiring in February and so we say, "thank you for your long and professional service to Kuehne. It has been, for us too, a pleasure to work with you."
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.