MINNEAPOLIS — The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) announced a free screening of SILO the film from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 23, at GEAPS Exchange 2020 in Minneapolis. The event takes place in room 101 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Presented in partnership with the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), the screening includes a scheduled meet-and-greet with star Jim Parrack, grain tube giveaways for emergency responders and a panel discussion on how themes from the film apply in real life. In addition to the screening, GEAPS will provide a number of sessions on grain entrapment safety throughout the conference.
The event is open to all GEAPS members and Exchange 2020 attendees and their guests. There is no cost for the screening. GEAPS International Executive Director Steve Records hopes the event will raise awareness of the dangers associated with grain storage, especially for farms and farm workers.
“We see a lot of news stories about the consequences of unsafe actions of people in and around grain bins. This past year has seen an alarmingly high number of fatalities,” Records said. “We aim to raise awareness of the dangers inside grain bins and help start a conversation within agriculture communities throughout North America and the world to stop these preventable accidents from occurring.”
Prior to the screening, Parrack is scheduled to sign autographs and pose for photos with attendees. During the event, attendees can enter a drawing to win one of three sets of grain tubes. Winners can designate the emergency agency in their region that will receive the potentially life-saving tool.
After the screening, GEAPS will host a panel discussion about how themes from the film apply in real-life situations. Speaking on the panel are Dr. Carol Jones, Oklahoma State University; Jess McCluer, NGFA; and Butch Hendrix, safety director at Kokomo Grain. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the discussion.
“When someone gets entrapped in grain, time is crucial,” Dr. Jones said. “Whether it’s in a grain storage facility or on a farm, we hope these tools will help everyone who stores grain.”
Safety is a key theme throughout GEAPS Exchange 2020. This year’s Expo Hall features more than 50 exhibitors with safety-related products and services. Interactive education sessions in the Expo Hall cover grain entrapment prevention kits, rescue tubes and other topics related to confined space entry. The Expo Hall also includes a grain entrapment rescue demonstration led by Dr. Jones in the GEAPS booth. A complete list of Exchange education sessions is available on the Exchange website.
About GEAPS Exchange
GEAPS Exchange is a great place to make new connections in the grain industry, find operations solutions and learn about new technologies and best practices from across the industry. With over 400 exhibitors in the Expo, more than 40 hours of education and a number of social events, the Exchange is the best place to make connections and advance your career.
About Jim Parrack
Jim Parrack, born February 8, 1981, is an American actor. He had a starring role as “Hoyt Fortenberry” in the HBO series, True Blood (2008), and appeared in the film, Battle Los Angeles (2011). He currently stars in the Broadway production of John Steinbeck’s novel, “Of Mice and Men”, in which he plays the character “Slim”.
The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association that supports its members and the industry by serving as The Knowledge Resource for the world of grain handling and processing industry operations. GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing the finest networking, professional development programs and access to a global marketplace of equipment, services and technology solutions providers. GEAPS’ global network of industry professionals includes more than 2,500 individual members from about 1,050 companies.
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