An investigator walks around the front entrance of Excel Industries in Hesston. (Feb. 26, 2016) Travis Heying The Wichita Eagle
An investigator walks around the front entrance of Excel Industries in Hesston. (Feb. 26, 2016) Travis Heying The Wichita Eagle

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Excel plant in Hesston to reopen Wednesday

By Gabriella Dunn

gdunn@wichitaeagle.com

March 08, 2016 12:24 PM

UPDATED March 08, 2016 05:58 PM

Excel Industries announced it will reopen its Hesston factory on Wednesday, with full workdays beginning Thursday and Friday.

The company uses a hotline recording as its main form of communication with Excel employees. At midday Tuesday, the recording stated the plans for reopening the plant. Company executives have instructed Excel employees to call the hotline each day for updates.

The message comes after the plant has been closed for almost a week-and-a-half following a fatal mass shooting there on Feb. 25.

This is what the recording stated: “Excel Industries will be reopening its doors to employees and their families on Wednesday, March 9. Employees are welcome to bring their clergy as well. ... This will be a come-and-go event, so feel free to spend as much time as needed on the campus. We will be returning to work Thursday, March 10, and Friday, March 11, with regularly scheduled 10-hour days.

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In their own words: Kansas mass shooting and its aftermath

Survivors, victims' families and law enforcement tell of the deadly mass shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas on Feb. 25, 2016. Video by John Albert/The Wichita Eagle

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Gabriella Dunn: 316-268-6400, @gabriella_dunn