May 22, 2020 1:49 PM

Museum and Strataca to open June 2

Posted May 22, 2020 1:49 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Reno County Historical Society announced it will open the museum and Strataca to the public on Tuesday, June 2, and resume normal business hours pending any additional restrictions from the county or state. 

The museum’s operating hours are Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Strataca hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. with the last tour at 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., with the last tour at 4 p.m. Reserve your time here

At both locations, staff will be wearing masks and strongly encourage all who visit to wear masks as well. Both will be using a touchless payment system and ask that guests practice safe social distancing between groups. The Reno County Museum will reopen the Oodleplex play area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will allow staff members to properly sanitize the area each day for the health and safety of guests. 

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Strataca has limited the number of guests riding the hoist at any given time. Even though they will limit the number of people on the hoist, the hoist will operate throughout the day in order to maximize the number of guests underground. All rides underground will reopen to the public. However, proper social distancing is expected between parties. The salt museum will close all rides including the hoist temporarily throughout the day so staff can properly sanitize the area.

Strataca strongly recommends that all guests make a reservation before visiting the facility because of the limited number of guests per tour. All guests can go to to make reservations or call the ticket office Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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May 22, 2020 1:49 PM
Siemens Gamesa names new North America CEO

ORLANDO, Fla. — Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced that it is under new leadership in the North American Onshore segment. Shannon Sturgil was named CEO effective June 1. He will be based out Orlando, Florida. Sturgil succeeds José Antonio Miranda, who will return to Spain.

Sturgil brings more than 20 years of experience with Siemens where he held a number of sales and marketing roles with ever-increasing responsibilities in the energy industry. Most recently he was the head of Power Systems Sales for Siemens Energy, Inc., which included sales responsibility for all generation, transmission and distribution, service, and battery storage technologies.

“North America is a key market and presents enormous opportunity for Siemens Gamesa – the industry experienced a total of 1,800 MW in U.S. first-quarter installations in 2020 alone along with vibrant growth in the repower segment. And with the westward shift in Canada, we are seeing success and new opportunities in the Saskatchewan and Alberta provinces,” Shannon Sturgil said. “I’m very excited to join Siemens Gamesa to now have the opportunity to continue to grow our presence in these important markets. I’ve worked with many customers in the U.S. energy industry over the years and look forward to collaborating even closer in my new role to help them with their energy transformations toward a cleaner, more renewable future.”

“Shannon has extensive experience in the energy industry with strong customer relationships. I am confident that he and the team will build on José Antonio’s work, with a strong focus on profitable growth in the region,” says Enrique Pedrosa, Onshore Chief of Regions Officer, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

Siemens Gamesa has a strong presence in North America with a total installed base of nearly 25 GW, enough energy to power over 7 million average households.