A SPECIAL tribute has been paid to JCB employees who have clocked up more than 1,500 years service between them. A total of 66 long-serving employees were honoured at a VIP lunch and presentation ceremony at JCB’s World Headquarters in Rocester. At the lunch employees who were celebrating 20, 40 and 45 year service milestones were each given a company gift - ranging from city breaks to designer watches and bracelets - in recognition of their loyalty and commitment to JCB’s success.
The longest serving member of staff was Keith Weston of Marston Montgomery, near Rocester, who has achieved 45 years’ service.
Employees celebrating 40 years with the business were: David Riley of Uttoxeter, Stephen Finney of Rocester, Tony Brindley of Denstone, Graham Deavall of Leek, Nigel Crump of Wrexham, Martin Clark of Rocester, Simon Weatherer of Cheadle, John Salt of Uttoxeter and John Plant of Cheadle.
Chief operating officer, Mark Turner, said: “We are proud to honour an amazing group of people who have given a total of 1,575 years of combined service to the company.
“JCB is a family business and the commitment of our people is a vital part of our continued growth and success.”
Long service award recipient Keith, 62, who works in JCB’s Loadall maintenance unit at Rocester, started work as a fitter in 1973.
Having grown up on the family farm at Roston just two miles away from JCB World Headquarters, the digger maker was a natural career choice for Keith.
He said: “Fixing and making tractor parts was my hobby so when I left school I knew it was what I wanted to do.
“I’ve stayed for all these years because it’s such a varied job; I still enjoy it and the team I work with are great – we are friends and that’s what makes the difference.”
When not at work, Keith, who is married with two sons and one grand-daughter, also helps on the family dairy farm. He added: “My brothers, Clive and Eric, and I have worked out that over the years we have had 20 JCBs on the farm – so the business must be doing something right.”
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