According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average employee tenure is generally higher among older workers, aged 55-64, than younger workers. And the average number of years that wage and salary workers stay with their current employer is only 4.2 years (Employee Tenure Summary, 2016). Yes, less than five years! After reading these surprisingly low statistics, I took a moment to reflect back on some of the employees at FG – primarily two men who have recently retired. It’s rare to find employees who stay with only one company their entire lives. Fortunately, we have had quite a few people like that here at FG.
Don LaPoint was a dedicated employee to FG for 45 years. He started out at our Campia location at just 21 years old. In October of 1993, when FG relocated to Rice Lake, Don spent the next 23 years of his career working in our Re-Flex department where he worked on our Re-Flex Bulkheads.
Pictured left to right: Chad Nelson, Vice President, Don LaPoint, Retiree, and Matt Nelson, Vice President taken in July 2016
Like Don, Joe Haines was another loyal FG employee from the Campia plant. Joe worked in our Parts Department and dedicated 34 years to FG. It’s really quite amazing when you find people who stay with a company for such a large part of their lives. They become much more than coworkers – they are your family and friends. Congratulations on your retirements, Don and Joe – you’ll be greatly missed!
Pictured: Joe Haines at his retirement party in October 2016
“Employee Tenure Summary.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22 Sept. 2016, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/tenure.nr0.htm.