Let’s travel back to the 70’s, what comes to your mind? Disco balls, bell bottom jeans, big hair? Now, let’s fast forward to 2013 and we can see a lot has changed!
Did you know that $4.80 an hour was the approximate wage 40 years ago? In addition to that, the obvious change here at the Windsor Site is the ample amount of technology that has transformed from manpower to precise automated robots that have modernized the production system.
Here at Ford Windsor Site Operations there have been many transformations as well, and there are 21 employees that have seen it all!
We had the privilege to meet a handful of these employees and sit down and talk to them about their career here at Ford. It was a pleasure to listen to so many amazing stories from such great people.
Fourty years may seem like a lifetime to some, but to Mike Papillo “it only feels like seven to eight years.” Papillo is celebrating 40 years with Ford this year and is also celebrating 35 years of marriage! Tons to revel about in the Papillo family. Papillo is thankful for all the opportunities that Ford has allowed him to have - advancing his passion for cars, raising a family and traveling. Gary Maisonville not only has worked at Ford for 40 years but has history with the Windsor Site dating back to the 1700’s. Maisonville explained that his family ties back to the land that Ford purchased to build the Windsor facilities on.
Ray Wigcherink is also marking 40 years with Ford. Wigcherink is a third generation Ford employee and is grateful for all that he has learned from his career, not to mention he also met his wife at Ford. Wigcherink has seen lots of positive momentum during his career and would like to see Ford keep that momentum up.
Sid Chase started with Ford 43 years ago, and his initial job at that time was to fix bicycles. Yes bicycles. Supervisors use to ride around on bicycles. Chase also spent 26 years as a union rep and currently is a tool grinder. Chase feels fortunate, that with his time at Ford, he has been able to provide for his family.
Achievement, accomplishment, success, outstanding, a triumph…so many words to describe this incredible milestone. Let’s ensure to recognize all of what they have achieved over the past 40 years plus and congratulate each and every employee celebrating a milestone … APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!