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Local grain company invests in safety

HENNEPIN — A local grain facility has made an investment in the safety of their employees and of the Hennepin community as well.

Consolidated Grain and Barge Co. (CGB), which operates a grain receiving and shipping location at Hennepin, has recently purchased a RES-Q tube unit that will aid in the rescue of individuals who may become engulfed in grain or other collapses at its facility.

“We spend a tremendous amount of time and effort making sure our employees are safe and not put into situations where they can become a victim of suffocation due to collapsed grain. Unfortunately, accidents happen, and we have made this investment to make sure we can rescue individuals should something happen,” said Tim Campbell, regional operations manager for CGB. “We have made the investment, but we hope we never have to use it.”

Even more importantly, CGB intends to make the unit available to local emergency personnel should they have use for it elsewhere in the community.

“We hope that our investment can be used to rescue other members of our community should the need arise,” said Campbell. “We think that just makes good sense for us to make it available should someone need it.”

The RES-Q Tube units are manufactured by GSI Group, and they have also built a training trailer to be used in these training events. The Safety and Technical Rescue Association (SATRA) will be conducting the on site training sessions for CGB and other companies around the county. CGB has invested nearly $50,000 to purchase and train local authorities at its facilities on how to effectively use the units in their rescue operations.

CGB is a part of CGB Enterprises. CGB operates nearly 70 grain facilities in locations around the Midwest and has had a facility in Hennepin since 1984. It employs nearly 35 people at its local operations.

CGB has scheduled training for local fire department and other emergency personnel on how to use the unit at its facility on Thursday. Any other community leaders and emergency personnel are welcome to attend the training event to see the RES-Q tube first hand.

Contact Tim Campbell at 815-228-7330 to reserve a space.

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