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12 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 13 - March 19, 1998 Barcroft Continued from page 1 coast states. Both ingredients, said Lander- baugh, go into the making of inex- pensive and effective antacid products. Rhone-Poulenc also sold its manufacturing facilities at Septemes-les-Vallons, France, to SPI Polyols Inc., a subsidiary of Harrowston Inc. of Canada. Ac- cording to a press release, Har- rowston Inc. is a Canadian compa- ny dedicated "to building long term shareholder value and con- sistent earnings by pursuing a growth strategy built on internal expansion and acquisitions." ICI America spinoff "sPI Polyols," said Lauder- baugh, "is a spinoff from the Delaware firm ICI Americas and has a facility at Atlas Point on the Delaware River near the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Lauderbaugh said he will be reporting to Rana Kayal, who has been named presi- dent of the SPI Polyols division, to be known as Barcroft-SPCA. (The Septemes manufacturing fa- cility, which produces sim- ilar products as Barcroft, was known as SPCA.) Kay- al's office is at SPI's Atlas Point facility. Lander- baugh said LAUDERBAUGH polyols are nonsugar sweeteners, such as sor- bitol, which is manufactured by SPI. "Sorbitol is used in Maalox antacid tablets. SPI is a major supplier to the pharmaceutical and nutriceutical industry and they want to be global. This acquisition is part of the company's global strategy," said Lauderbaugh. "Polyols are also used in the con- fectionary, food and oral care markets such as in toothpastes and Economic Continued from page 1 Coastal Towns is not likely to go very far. There is also the possibility of major federal assistance in the form of a Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach replenishment project. So, far studies of that project have been done, but no actual replen- ishment has taken place. A second federal project, the proposed dredging of the Delaware River and Bay shipping channel, could also provide some sand for beach replenishment. If that occurs, however, it is more likely to affect Delaware Bay beaches. So, the revival of the committee comes at an interesting time. Schroeder said there are many is- sues to be decided. He added that this may be the most appropriate time to discuss the philosophy of beach replenishment and who should pay, if indeed, anyone pays. Schroeder said other efforts to protect beaches like groins are an- other option to be considered. And Delaware state parks are allowing nature to take its course by allow- ing the beach to migrate west- ward, known as strategic retreat. There has been speculation that a change in funding could mean beach replenishment districts with various residents charged for the benefit they receive from beaches. It would be similar to the tax ditch system in Delaware where farm- ers pay for the benefits they re- ceive from drainage ditches. : Such a system has been favored by the director of Delaware's Di- vision of Soil and Water Re, sources, John Hughes. But there is no word on whether or not it is suggested in the study. The committee membership in- eluded former Bethany Beach Mayor Charles Bartlett; Fenwick Island Mayor Peg Baunchalk; Re- hoboth Mayor Sam Cooper; Rep. George Carey, R-Milford; Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Frederick; Bob Henry of DNREC; Hughes; Uni- versity of Delaware College of Marine Studies representative Bob Knecht; Pratt; South Bethany Mayor "Joe" Schaefer; Lewes Mayor George Smith; Former Slaughter Beach Mayor Elizabeth Banks; Slaughter Beach Building Inspector James Wilgus; Rep.Wally Caulk, R-Frederica; former Sen. Richard Cordrey, D- Millsboro; University of Delaware College of Marine Stud- ies representative George Parsons; Schroeder; Sussex County Ad- ministrator Bob Stickels; Sen. John Still, R-Dover North; former Sen.William Torbert; and Direc- tor of Delaware's State Tourism Office Gigi Windley. The committee is expected to meet by next month. What hap- pens then, including potential leg- islation in Delaware's General Assembly, is up to the committee. Trout Continued from page 11 lows: "Due to Ms. Hare's negli- gence, motorists were not aware that a student was preparing to cross the road. Therefore, they were not afforded the opportunity to take appropriate action. My in- vestigation also revealed that Ali- son Trout failed to yield the right of way to approachi'ff'g vehicle traffic. As a result of Ms. Hare's and Ms. Trout's actions, a motor vehicle collision occurred, and Ms. Trout suffered fatal injuries." In 1992, the Trouts, and some of their neighbors in Belltown, be- gan a campaign against the Delaware Department of Trans- portation. They requested the de- partment reduce the speed limit on that stretch of the road. Their ef- forts, however, did not result in a lower speed. Jennings said Delaware law prohibits citizens from filing suit against the state in matters such as the Trout case. Carefree and other sugar-free gums." Lauderbaugh said that under its new owners, Barcroft will become a profit center as opposed to sim- ply a manufacturing facility. "I'm looking excitedly at helping to grow this new company," said Landerbaugh. "All of our sales now will be to outside customers. We're looking at Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia as huge, untapped markets for low-cost, ef- fective antacids. The new antacid products like Tagamet are expen- sive. People can't afford them. And Maalox is hardly in India at all. SPI brings to the table a sales and marketing team that we at Barcroft didn't have in the past and they have existing relation- ships with companies around the world. The company hopes to ex- pand what we're doing here. They didn't invest to let it stag- nate. We've never laid off people at Barcroft and I'm not planning on it now." SPl's focus different Lauderbaugh said he was also encouarged by the fact that Bar- croft's new owner is a company focused on ovEr-the-counter drugs - such as Maalox. "We've been somewhat stymied ever since Rhone-Poulenc Rorer sold its Maalox franchise in the United States to Novartis. That took away the company's will to create innovation. Rhone-Poulenc now is mostly interested in prescription The Barcroft facility located on Cape Henlopen Drive next to Cape Henlopen State Park. drugs. "There's been a change," said Landerbaugh, "but we're still Bar- croft. Over the long term I think it will be good for the employees. We'll still be here. I don't know if we'll be 50 or 150 but we'll be here." Barcroft's facilities stand on more than 16 acres of land. Laud- erbaugh said the site offers plenty of room for growth. Barcroft also leases an additional 22 acres fronting on Cape Henlopen Drive. "That prevents others from getting the land and denigrating the envi- ronment. My goal, within the pa- rameters of what we do here, is to have the community and the envi- ronment at heart. Environmental- ly we're managed very soundly. A couple of years ago a state sena- tor cited us as a model for what a proper Delaware coastal zone in- dustry ought to be. We were real proud of that." Barcroft purchases hundreds of thousands of gallons of Lewes water daily for its manufacturing process and is also one of the town's largest electricity pur- chasers. The Rorer part of the Rhone-Poulenc Rorer manufac- turing division comes from the William H. Rorer Company of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. That company, which developed Maalox, was purchased by Rhone- Poulenc a number of years ago. Lauderbangh said the Barcroft name was used for the Lewes fa- cility of the VgHliam H. Rorer Company because Rorer didn't want its original supplier of mag- nesium hydroxide to know it was building its own plant to supply the basic ingredient. "Barcroft was the maiden name of one of the William H. Rorer family mem- ber's wives," said Lauderbaugh. RI SOUTHERN aDELAWARE IlL(Hr. I)ES| WALK- : ATHON N R[CR[ATIONAL HORSEBACK RIDING INC. ON POOl" OR ON I10100! CAPE HENLOPEN STATE PARK Saturday, March 28 CA/,/, Katarina for SPONSOR SIGN-UP SHEETS i00o00164S- 2 780