Golden career celebration
Last Monday, June 1, Woody Puckett started off his day at Endura Products with a surprise parade to celebrate a landmark 50 years at the company.
For such an important milestone, the administration and plant workers plotted the celebration without Puckett's knowledge.
"I was surprised. I wasn't expecting that for sure," exclaimed Puckett of the thoughtful gesture.
Co-workers, following with social distancing, lined the private road next to Endura Products. Currently, the plant employs approximately 150 employees. Many employees held signs, as a flatbed truck pulled a trailer with the guest of honor through the parade route.
Keith Langley, shipping supervisor for Endura Products, has worked with Puckett for 14 ½ years. After the parade, he presented Puckett with a certificate for his 50 years of service.
"Woody has been an exceptional employee. I couldn't ask for somebody with more dedication," commented Langley. "He has never missed time, and in all the years that he has worked for me, he has never called in sick once."
When I first started out, I worked in the moulders," Puckett said of his work history.
He then started driving for the moulding department, as well as seven different positions in the moulders and dip tank. Currently, he works in shipping, which he has done for approximately 30 years.
Puckett has seen many co-workers come and go, although he noted there are several who are not far behind him in total years worked. The company has changed names four times during his tenure, including Clear Pine Mouldings, Contact Lumber, Contact Industries and Endura Products, Inc.
Established in 1954, Endura Products manufactures components for entry door systems. Endura purchased the Prineville location in December of 2016 and has additional manufacturing facilities in North Carolina and Texas, distributing products throughout the U.S. and Canada.
"We have been proactive in ensuring safety in our plants from the beginning, and we continue to improve," noted Regina Luna, human resources manager for Endura Products. "Our number one priority is the health and safety of our dedicated, long-term employees. To ensure their health we have implemented social distancing procedures, and added face coverings to our required personal protective equipment."
"We are fortunate that the building industry is an essential business and during this public health crisis we have been able to maintain operations across the country, although not without challenges," added Luna.
She indicated that portions of their business have been significantly impacted, and they have suffered positive COVID-19 cases in their east coast operations.
"We have had to make some temporary staff reductions in Prineville and in other locations," continued Luna. "Our goal is to bring employees back as soon as we can, and we are working hard to make that happen as we continue to look at the long term for our business and make investments for our future."
Luna pointed out that to celebrate Woody Puckett's milestone anniversary, they had to get creative — spacing employees 8 to 10 feet apart, parading him through so they could cheer for him. In addition, they tossed out individually wrapped treats during the parade.
"It was not a typical celebration, but we still had a good time celebrating our co-worker," said Luna.
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