Archive for Thursday, December 16, 2010

25 years ago: Reopened Sunflower Ammunition Plant now employing over 800 people

December 16, 2010


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 16, 1985:

  • An announcement was expected soon on the details of a proposed rail-served industrial park. City and county commissioners were expected to choose between a 423-acre site near Midland north of Lawrence and a 300-acre site near the old Noria dehydrating plant east of Lawrence.
  • The 3-year-old Lawrence boy who had been attacked by pitbulls on Dec. 8 was to be transferred to the Shriners’ hospital in St. Louis. The boy’s father said he was “very thankful” to the Lawrence Shrine Club for arranging the transfer. The St. Louis expenses, including skin grafts and a muscle implant, was to be fully covered by the Shriners.
  • After having been reopened a little more than a year previously, the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant was now employing about 830 people. The plant, southwest of DeSoto, had produced about 5 million pounds of nitroguanidine since January. The compound was the main ingredient of the propellant used for some artillery pieces. At the height of World War II, the plant had employed over 12,000 people.


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