50 years at 1 company is something to celebrate | Sheila Long O’Mara

A large amount was likely on in the entire world back in 1974.

The very long-working sitcom Pleased Times made its debut on ABC. Adhering to impeachment hearings and the Watergate Scandal, Richard Nixon grew to become the to start with U.S. president to resign.

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali and George Foreman fulfilled in what is now identified as the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a heavyweight champion battle in which Ali regained the title in a knockout in the eighth round.

Writer Stephen King printed his debut novel, “Carrie.” The 55-m.p.h. pace limit was imposed in the U.S. to protect gas use, and throughout the world inflation despatched the cost of gas, food and producing to all-time highs.

The Sears Tower in Chicago grew to become the world’s tallest constructing, and the Charles de Gualle Airport opened in Paris.

Also in 1974, Bob Steelman went to get the job done for foam supplier Carpenter Co. right just after graduating from Appalachian State College in Boone, N.C., exactly where he was a member of the Mountaineers football crew. And due to the fact becoming a member of the business, Steelman has remained a member of the Carpenter workforce.

Fifty a long time — that’s a very long time at one particular business and, these times, a rarity as folks are likely to improve climb the corporate ladder through career improvements to other corporations. Consider about that. Fifty years of mutual comprehension and regard.

“Bob has been the face of our bedding small business during his occupation listed here,” claimed Michael Faus, executive vice president for the enterprise, Steelman’s boss and a different Carpenter prolonged-timer with nearly 42 a long time under his belt. “He is an complete rock and a good facial area to our consumers in the course of his tenure.”

For the duration of his 50 decades with the corporation, Steelman has represented Carpenter in a selection of locations together with North Carolina – his residence state – Kentucky and Florida.

Carpenter took time out of the Global Slumber Merchandise Expo final month in Columbus, Ohio, to toast Steelman with a shock collecting of colleagues and field associates. He was told an significant consumer was coming to the place, all in excellent fun, of training course.

Taken by shock by the far more than 80 people bordering the place, Steelman stood with Brad Beauchamp, president and CEO of Carpenter, to soak it all in. The firm compiled a video the incorporated consumers, teammates and his family — little ones and grandchildren — congratulating him on his corporate longevity.

Steelman teared up as the online video played and immediately quipped that he did not see retirement in his windshield however, and speedily turned the issue to consume and merriment with an invitation for all to “eat, drink and be merry.”

Congrats to Bob on the milestone and to Carpenter for holding in the relatives for the very long haul. Equally, I’m positive, are richer for the partnership.

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