Bunting Magnetics company adds to Newton sales staff

Bunting Magnetics Co. — producer of precision magnetic products for the worldwide food, recycling, printing, automobile, plastics and electronics industries — has expanded the professional staff at its Newton headquarters. The following are recent hires:

Gregory L. Massey has been named territory manager for standard products, responsible for sales in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Massey brings to Bunting extensive sales and service experience in the dry bulk and powder industry and in the construction trade. He is fluent in Spanish and is known to customers throughout the Americas.

Alex J. Schlosser has been named territory manager for standard products, with responsibility for sales in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Clark County, Nevada. He attended the University of California in Los Angeles. Schlosser held a similar position with Bunting in the early 2000s, and is familiar with Bunting products and customers.

Commenting on the new hires, Bunting director of sales Rod Henricks said: "I am pleased to welcome two exceptional sales representatives to the Bunting organization. Alex Schlosser's familiarity with Bunting products, and Greg Massey's familiarity with dry products mean that Bunting customers can benefit from application experience, which ensures proper specification of the many custom products we manufacture."

CBK 'spreads' holiday cheer with annual food drive

There are some good ideas that just never seem to flourish, and then there’s the CBK “Spread” the Holiday Cheer campaign. For the third straight year, Citizens Bank of Kansas has sponsored the drive to collect peanut butter for local food pantries. And for the third straight year, the bank and its customers have broken their own record.

“There’s no way we could have expected this response from the community for the third straight year,” said Jane Deterding, chair of Citizens Bank of Kansas. “We more than doubled last year’s donations, and we had great stories of customers who organized church groups or co-workers to help the cause. It was really a terrific display of community effort."

Steve Rangel of Wichita was one such customer who went the extra mile for the cause. Rangel works for National Meter and Automation, a company that is hired by the City of Wichita to replace water meters. Rangel and his co-workers realized the copper wire that was being removed with the old water meters could be recycled and sold. Rangel volunteered to collect the scraps of copper, the cash from which was then used to purchase 168 jars of peanut butter for the cause.

The campaign to “Spread” the Holiday Cheer ran from Dec. 2 through 31, 2013, with peanut butter collected at all eight CBK branches. The bank purchased another 1,207 jars of peanut butter to match all donations collected, and delivered to the following area food pantries: Pretty Prairie Food Bank, Winfield Food Pantry, Joseph’s Storehouse in Burden, Caring Hearts & Hands in West Wichita, Kansas Food Bank in Wichita, Medicine Lodge Food Bank, and Kingman (KAMI) Food Pantry.

Citizens Bank of Kansas takes pride in being the family-owned neighborhood bank for its customers for four generations, a news release stated. CBK has banking facilities throughout south-central Kansas, and has a strong tradition of community service. Learn more at www.citizensbankofkansas.com.

Nominations for 'Exporter of the Year' still open

The Kansas Department of Commerce continues to accept nominations for the 2014 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award, which is presented to a single Kansas business for excellence in international trade and marketing. The winner of the 26th annual installment of the award will be announced in June of 2014 during Business Appreciation Month.

Nominated companies will be evaluated on the totality of their international efforts. Qualifications include:

· Number and/or percentage increase in jobs due to international activities

· Innovations in global marketing

· Number of countries exported to

· Effective use of international distributors

· Long-range international strategies and prospects for future growth

· Commitment to the state and local community

· Foreign language promotional materials and general promotional activities

· Trade shows and/or international expositions

Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by any other organization or individual. Visit KansasCommerce.com/Exporter to learn more about the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award and to download nomination forms. The nomination deadline is Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

Nominations can be emailed to April Chiang at achiang@kansascommerce.com or mailed or faxed to: Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council, c/o Kansas Department of Commerce, April Chiang, 1000 S.W. Jackson St., Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66612-1354; fax: (785) 296-3490.