Celebrating 95 years in business: Employee Appreciation Day

Jun. 28, 2015

All Mellott Company employees were invited back to the Warfordsburg campus for a company-wide assembly and luncheon. We recognized our historical efforts that have brought us to where we are today, and we got a glimpse of our path to 100 years in business, and beyond.

Most of our 200 employees gathered in the mobile equipment bay of the Service Facility. Carole Zirkle had organized a cookout with all the trimmings. Rich Blake, Jeff Rowland, and Jason Talbot flipped the burgers and smoked the hot dogs like bosses.

We enjoyed the meal and fellowship. Old friends and new employees sat shoulder to shoulder and enjoyed a classic burger picnic.

Rich then took the floor and talked about the 95-year-history of the company and how we got to where we are today. We have been shaped by intent and circumstance; by opportunity and skill; by dedicated labor and management; and sometimes by serendipity.

Jim Levy continued with a speech that centered on our “work family”. Jim noted that we spend a lot of time with each other at work, and over time we become bonded to each other. We don’t always like each other or get along, he said, but we know that we all need each other to make this company better and more successful. He told stories from his own history with the company and the people he has come to know and trust here.

Jason got up and laid out our plans for the company’s future. He covered the “what”, “how”, and “why” of our path ahead. He said we will work to expand our market area in all divisions; we will do this by investing past earnings into viable future prospects, and; we will do this because we will wither and die, as a company, if we remain content with things they way they are. We will sweep aside obstacles in our way through dedicated investments in our people and plant. We are rolling out new products, like the MC-series of portable crushing equipment; we are hiring new people, and; we are training people extensively, all to meet the challenges ahead.

Paul Mellott concluded the luncheon with recognitions of the people who have contributed to building this company’s success. As always, Paul emphasized that nothing happens unless people make it happen and he commended our employees for their work ethics and dedication.

At the conclusion of the event, the crowd was slow to disperse as many stayed to continue conversations they started during the meal.

Here’s to 95 years in business and looking forward to 100.

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