Phew! Time is flying by, and I’m finally catching up on writing about my client visits. For my latest work experience I visited a leading manufacturer and supplier of concrete masonry, dry mix, and hardscape products in Milford. Milford is a small community in Caroline County tucked near Caroline Middle & High Schools and the Mattaponi River.
Many years ago our client placed multiple job openings in the newspaper. We followed up with them, and weeks later we became partners. When I first arrived, Ed and Brandon gave me thorough safety training and I received a tour around the plant. My safety gear included a hard hat, vest, gloves and safety glasses.
They assigned me to run the bag line. Seeing all the switches and knobs extremely intimidated me for my first time working a bagging line. I filled concrete bags by pushing two knobs causing concrete to fall from a hopper into the sacks. After the 80-lb bags filled, they cinched shut, and moved along the conveyor belt where machines lifted them onto pallets. Talk about some hot and dusty work! I made Calvin (who has been with the company for 40 years) stay with me for the first 30 minutes to make sure I caught on quickly. After awhile I got into a groove and kept up with the production needs. At times I felt I slowed them down, but Calvin reassured me that I caught on quickly and was keeping up (maybe he was just being nice). During their busy season they run three shifts 5 days/week. Incredible!
I had such a good day and enjoyed meeting new and familiar faces. Many employees I chatted with, like Calvin, Sylvia, Ed, Barbara and Brandon have been there for several years. I enjoyed lunch with them and loved learning that Sylvia and Barbara run the office and the crew!
This past summer our client needed to hire a Plant Manager and decided to promote Brandon Harrison to the position. Matern Staffing first placed Brandon here on the bagging production line. Soon, our client hired him full-time, and he worked his way up and became promoted to Plant Manager about a month ago. We want to congratulate Brandon on his hard work and dedication and wish him much success! After spending a dusty day in the concrete yard, I realized the folks working for our client are just as rock solid as the product they produce (made in the USA, btw).