Mike Nugent is retiring as Plant Manager at Agrium's Nikiski fertilizer plant. During his time as manager, Nugent became a popular figure, who along with his wife Dixie, were personally involved with numerous Chamber of Commerce activities as well as the award winning Caring For The Kenai Environmental Awareness contest co-sponsored by Agrium and Unocal. Last year Mike and Dixie were honored by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at their Annual Town & Gown awards banquet with the President's Choice award.
Last week Nugent introduced the Kenai Chamber to the man who is taking his place at the Nikiski plant, Bill Boycott. Asked about his future plans, Nugent replied, "It's really pretty simple, my wife and I are going to see what summer in paradise is like without trying to fit it in and around all the activities that a job presents, it's going to be fun," said Nugent who will be staying in the local area.
Bill Boycott is assuming the reins as Plant Manager and has moved to the Peninsula from Fairbanks to take the position. Boycott formerly was with Williams Petroleum at their refinery in Fairbanks. Boycott is moving to the area with his wife Susan and two teenage sons Josh and Ben. Boycott said he'll wait to get his feet on the ground before commenting on the challenge of diminishing gas supplies at the plant, but added that Mike was doing a good job getting him up to speed. "I've been in the refining industry for some time and spent a year in the fertilizer industry in the mid eighties, so this is going to be a new challenge," said Boycott.
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