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Images: Behind the Scenes at Work Area Protection in St. Charles

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  • Stacks and stacks of cones at Work Area Protection Corp. in St. Charles.

       Stacks and stacks of cones at Work Area Protection Corp. in St. Charles.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Eleuterio Lopez puts on gloves to pull the hot, freshly made cones off the conveyor.

       Eleuterio Lopez puts on gloves to pull the hot, freshly made cones off the conveyor.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Labels are painted on the white layer of cones and then the orange goes on over the top to keep people from stealing them and using a solvent to remove the names.

       Labels are painted on the white layer of cones and then the orange goes on over the top to keep people from stealing them and using a solvent to remove the names.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Work Area Protection Corp. in St. Charles sells over 1.6 million cones a year. Their warehouse holds about 60,000 at a time and that inventory turns over every couple of weeks.

       Work Area Protection Corp. in St. Charles sells over 1.6 million cones a year. Their warehouse holds about 60,000 at a time and that inventory turns over every couple of weeks.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Vice presidents Mike Linkimer, left, and Doug Comstock of Work Area Protection Corp. in St. Charles.

       Vice presidents Mike Linkimer, left, and Doug Comstock of Work Area Protection Corp. in St. Charles.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • A hot flame burns off excess solvents and materials on a construction barrel.

       A hot flame burns off excess solvents and materials on a construction barrel.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Victor Mendoza tosses a barrel onto a stack after wrapping it in reflective tape.

       Victor Mendoza tosses a barrel onto a stack after wrapping it in reflective tape.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Seferino Perez puts reflective labels on construction barrels.

       Seferino Perez puts reflective labels on construction barrels.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Drips of orange are everywhere at Work Area Protection Corp. in St. Charles. Workers used to cut the remaining nubs off but eliminated that step years ago and now they stay on.

       Drips of orange are everywhere at Work Area Protection Corp. in St. Charles. Workers used to cut the remaining nubs off but eliminated that step years ago and now they stay on.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Antonio Ortiz has worked at Work Area Protection Corp. in St. Charles for 26 years. The company is an international leader in traffic control and work zone safety devices. The currently ship their products to companies and governments agencies in North, Central and South America and Europe.

       Antonio Ortiz has worked at Work Area Protection Corp. in St. Charles for 26 years. The company is an international leader in traffic control and work zone safety devices. The currently ship their products to companies and governments agencies in North, Central and South America and Europe.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Barrels are labeled for a customer with a stencil at Work Area Protection Corp. in St. Charles Wednesday.

       Barrels are labeled for a customer with a stencil at Work Area Protection Corp. in St. Charles Wednesday.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Production is anything but slow at Work Area Protection Corp. in St. Charles. The produce and sell over 1.6 million cones a year.

       Production is anything but slow at Work Area Protection Corp. in St. Charles. The produce and sell over 1.6 million cones a year.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Cones start black, then are painted white before the orange plastic layer is poured over them.

       Cones start black, then are painted white before the orange plastic layer is poured over them.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

 

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