Willie Fulton recently retired as Ford's longest-tenured employee after nearly 70 years with the company.
For the first time in nearly 70 years, Willie Fulton has to find something to keep himself busy. The 89-year-old, who recently ended a career that began more than a full year before the iconic Ford Thunderbird came into existence, is departing as Ford’s longest-serving employee.
“I’m going to find something to do,” he said. “I have to keep moving. I can’t be sitting around the house.”
Fulton, who rarely used his vacation time over the course of his 68-year career, wasn’t even considering retirement, but a recent bout with pneumonia changed his plans. He’ll be looking for a new hobby to add to his repertoire, which includes model trains.
“Keeping busy keeps your mind sharp,” he said. “Every day I was working, I had something different to think about.”
Fulton finally said goodbye to Ford and Dearborn Stamping Plant with a small send-off from family, co-workers, plant management and union leadership. He reminisced with the help of a slideshow highlighting his career and was presented with a commemorative book created by plant leadership and signed by Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO; Kumar Galhotra, president, the Americas and International Markets Group; and John Savona, vice president, manufacturing and labor affairs, North America.