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PROSOCO READY TO CLEAN UP

September 19, 1999

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ProSoCo Inc. is leaving four buildings in the Kansas City area for one new one in Lawrence's East Hills Business Park.

ProSoCo Inc. is ready to clean up in Lawrence.

The company is getting set to move its headquarters from Kansas City, Kan., into a new $8 million plant and corporate offices in the East Hills Business Park.

The manufacturer of cleaning and restorative compounds for brick, masonry and stone already has eight employees on site and plans to move its corporate offices Oct. 1.

By the time it's all occupied, the new plant should have about 80 employees and room to double its current production.

"We'll be combining into one campus, and we'll have space to grow," said Gary Henry, a business communications specialist for the company.

The 83,000-square-foot plant is being built by Harris Construction, and sits on an 11-acre site in the park off Kansas Highway 10 in southeast Lawrence.

The occupant is much older, having been founded in 1939 as a company that produced a chemical solution to remove mineral buildups from auto radiators. It developed its first brick cleaner in 1956, and sealers for brick, stone and concrete came on line in 1964.

Since then, ProSoCo's products have handled a variety of clean-up and restoration jobs. Among them: Grand Central Station, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty in New York, plus the U.S. Capitol.

A large batch of bleach-and-detergent solution even managed to remove "bloodstains" left behind by King Kong atop the World Trade Center during movie shooting in 1976.

"It took eight cases," said Jerry Boyer, now semiretired after two decades as the company's president and chief executive officer.

In Lawrence, ProSoCo's products have been used for the Watkins Community Museum of History and Kansas University's Spooner Hall and Hoch Auditorium (now Budig Hall). New buildings protected include J.C. Penney and the Douglas County Youth Services detention center.

While ProSoCo consolidates operations from four buildings in Kansas City to Lawrence, it will continue to have a production plant in South Plainfield, N.J.; a warehouse in Tucker, Ga.; and branch offices across the country.

-- Mark Fagan's phone message number is 832-7188. His e-mail address is mfagan@ljworld.com.

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