Bunting releases new Spanish language catalogs

Bunting Magnetics Co. — producer of precision magnetic products for the worldwide food, printing, automobile, plastics, recycling and electronics industries — has developed three new Spanish language catalogs.

The reference documents, for the food, feed and grain, and powder and bulk markets were released at EXPO PACK Mexico in Mexico City, June 18-21, where Bunting showed several of its products.

Commenting on the new catalogs, Bunting Director of Marketing Sonia Cox said: "The Spanish-speaking markets are particularly important to Bunting Magnetics. As the Latin American markets develop and manufacturing assumes an ever-important role in these markets, Bunting is positioned to provide the necessary technology to ensure quality and safety. These reference catalogs will have a valued position on every plant engineer's desk."

Hutchinson Credit Union promotes Mendenhall

Michelle Waln, vice president of human resources and operations for Hutchinson Credit Union, announced the promotion of Janell Mendenhall to branch manager of our Newton location.

Waln comments, "I am pleased to have the opportunity to promote Janell to the branch manager position in Newton. Janell has a close working relationship with our members and strives to provide them options to help them succeed financially. Her enthusiasm for the Harvey County community, HCU's Newton branch, and our members is what makes her a valuable member of the HCU team.”

In her five-plus years with HCU, Mendenhall has served as a mortgage loan processor and most recently as an Advisor IV where she provided service to members with many products, including loans, IRAs, new account setup, as well as budgeting advice. She was previously with First Bank in Newton as a mortgage loan processor.

Mendenhall has an applied science degree in applied management and small business marketing from Hutchinson Community College and a bachelor of science in business management from McPherson College.

Located at 2201 S. Kansas Road in Newton, she is responsible for managing the operations of the Newton branch.

Mabry joins sales team at Realty Connections

Amanda Mabry has recently joined the sales team at Realty Connections. She has been a licensed Realtor for six years, with Gatz Realty in Halstead.

Mabry and husband Doug have two children, Gracie and Liam. They presently live in Halstead.

She is a member of the Newton Board of Realtors, Kansas Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Mabry enjoys working with buyers and sellers. Her goal is to help them with the process in order to have a good buying and/or selling experience.

Robb joins board of school attorneys association

Joe Robb of Newton was elected to the board of directors of the Kansas School Attorneys Association at their annual meeting in Topeka on June 12.

The Kansas School Attorneys Association was established in 1969 to promote and conduct activities leading to a better understanding of the pertinent statutory and case law in the area of education law, to provide an opportunity for school attorneys to discuss legal issues of concern to school district clients, to provide means and sources for the dissemination of information and experiences concerning school law and its related areas.

Membership in KSAA is open to any member of the Kansas Bar Association who is affiliated with a local public school district, state school board association or public community college that is a member of the Kansas Association of School Boards.

Robb received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1985 from Washburn University. He is in private practice in Newton with Somers, Robb and Robb. His areas of law practice include business, estate planning, divorce and school law.

Investing in hurricane’s long-term recovery

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Everence Community Investments is investing $500,000 through the Isaiah Fund to provide capital for long-term redevelopment needs in communities ravaged by the storm.

Founded by Everence Community Investments and five other faith-based investor organizations, the Isaiah Fund is dedicated to investing in communities devastated by disaster. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, the Isaiah Fund raised and/or invested $5 million and made more than $3 million in community development deposits and loans throughout the Gulf Coast, focusing on low-income neighborhoods in New Orleans. Since then, the Isaiah Fund has begun to turn its attention to other regions of the country impacted by disasters.

Hurricane Sandy, which hit the east coast of the United States in late October 2012, caused tens of billions of dollars in damage. According to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the storm caused an estimated $50 billion in losses, putting it as one of the worst natural disasters ever to occur in the United States.

“As people of faith, we are compelled to help our neighbors in times of need,” said Mark Regier, Everence director of stewardship investing. “While addressing immediate human needs after a disaster is critical, it is often long-term economic development that ensures a bright future for already disadvantaged communities.”