Gledhill, the cylinder specialist, has celebrated some of the stars of its excellent staff retention record by handing out long service awards to six members of the team that have clocked up a combined 165 years with the family-run firm.
Technical support operative Alan Fazakerley has spent the longest period of time with the company and has been given an engraved tankard to celebrate his 40 years at Gledhill, adding to the gold watch he received for 25 years’ service.
Alan joined the company as a production worker after leaving the merchant navy at the tender age of 21. He’s since worked his way up, spending a period as manager of Gledhill’s Maidstone depot in Kent during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
He was instrumental in training the next generation of production operatives at Gledhill’s Blackpool factory before moving to his current technical support role, which leverages his 40 years’ experience across the company to advise customers.
“I didn’t expect to stay for 40 years when I joined, but it has always been a great place to work that stays true to its family-run approach and listens to staff, providing genuine opportunities for career development,” said Mr Fazakerley.
“In theory I could retire now, but I love working here and it’s clear that the company still values my skills and knowledge. I can’t envisage leaving any time soon.”
Alan was joined at the internal awards ceremony by five of his colleagues, each of whom have worked for Gledhill for 25 years. Long service awards were handed out to Wayne Sanderson and Phil Neild from the stainless steel manufacturing department, Pauline Miller from Gledhill Spares, and Neil Heed and Craig Dixon from the technical support department.
Awards were presented by Gledhill’s chief executive Tricia Holland, the granddaughter of Norman Gledhill, one of the original founders.
“The business has grown considerably since these members first joined the company, but we have never outgrown our family values,” said Ms Holland.
“We’re delighted to congratulate Alan, Wayne, Phil, Pauline, Neil and Craig on their achievements and would like to thank them for their continuing contribution to Gledhill’s success.”