Marion Machine has so many amazing employees that it can be hard to stand out, but Keith Jackson did just that during his 36 years with us. He has been an integral part of the company and after such a long tenure it becomes more of a family than a career, which is why Keith is a master at training new employees. He has been instrumental in the growth of the business and the safety of our personnel. Keith treats them like family and patiently provides them the knowledge they need. Keith has performed many tasks while working with us, from welding and machining, to assembly, along with field service and sales. When asked what he enjoyed most about his job he said, “The people and that no two days are the same.” The Marion Machine value that he most connected with was integrity, and that showed in everything Keith did while here. Keith performed safety checks and filed the safety reports for the state, OSHA and MSHA. Keith said, “The best career lesson I learned over the years was to learn everything you have the chance to learn.” To Keith, knowledge is a powerful gift and he shared his every day with others. His expertise will be tough to replace.
Now that Keith is retiring, he said he plans on spending time with his grandchildren, hunting and fly fishing. Marion Machine will miss Keith and all the skills, values and integrity he brought to us. We wish him well and know that all Keith shared with us will continue to grow this company well into the future.
Few people can say they worked for a company for 43 years, but Ronnie Loftis can. He began working for Marion Machine in 1977 and when asked about his time at Marion Machine he said, “I grew a lot and made it from a Machinist on the floor to Sales Manager.” Ronnie’s experience gave him the ability to know all the ins and outs of machining, quality control, and reading prints. Over the years he developed very strong relationships with coworkers and customers alike. He has the skills to work through any situation, and he truly knows how to read his clients and understands exactly what they need to get the job done.
Ronnie values his team and when asked about them he said, “They are a great group of people!” His favorite part of his job was interacting with and helping customers. He was always cool as a cucumber in any situation; while dealing with customers, vendors and when working alongside his co-workers. Which is why he was so successful during his time with Marion Machine. Now that Ronnie is retiring, he plans on doing a lot of outdoor activities. He told us, “I like golfing, trout fishing and camping with my family.” So, there will be a lot of good times with family and friends in Ronnie’s future and we could not be happier for him. We thank him for the time he dedicated to Marion Machine.
Christopher Joyce Vulcan Materials of Winston-Salem, NCOur Metso HP 800 Mainframe had a loose shaft and we re-fit the shaft back to OEM specs with a 2-week-turnaround to get a 3.5-million-ton-plant back up and running.