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by Duct and Cover
Monday, Feb. 24, 2003 at 6:06 PM
Worker Mitch Dudas, slaves away at organizing rolls of duct tape at Henkel Consumer Adhesives, Inc. in Avon, Ohio. The war profiteering company has increased production of duct tape 40 percent to satisfy the hysterical demands of a propagandized public. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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The GOP Home Shopping Network
By Al Kamen
Friday, February 21, 2003; Page A25
That most lamentable duct tape suggestion last week by a Homeland Security official -- which drove countless panicked citizens out to buy the product -- has been widely derided as useless and pretty crazy.
But maybe not so crazy. Turns out that nearly half -- 46 percent to be precise -- of the duct tape sold in this country is manufactured by a company in Avon, Ohio. And the founder of that company, that would be Jack Kahl, gave how much to the Republican National Committee and other GOP committees in the 2000 election cycle? Would that be more than 0,000?
His son, John Kahl, who became CEO after his father stepped down shortly after the election, told CNBC last week that "we're seeing a doubling and tripling of our sales, particularly in certain metro markets and around the coasts and borders." The plant has "gone to a 24/7 operation, which is about a 40 percent increase" over this time last year, Kahl said. The company had more than 0 million in sales in 2001.
And Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge keeps pushing the product. "You may want to have a safe shelter for four or six hours," he told PBS's Jim Lehrer on Wednesday, "until . . . the chemical plume moves on." So "you may need that duct tape."
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