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After a stellar 55 years of service at Mansfield Plumbing, Julie Grassman, a resident of Loudonville, Ohio, will retire on October 28, 2016. At one time Grassman worked at the company facility alongside her mother, stepmother, husband, son and grandaughter.
"My time at Mansfield has interwoven over the years with my family," says Grassman, who has served as a customer service representative for the past 22 years at the company. "Actually Mansfield is like my second family and I'll miss my coworkers greatly."
Grassman, 78, first started working in 1956 at Mansfield Plumbing as a mail room clerk and then a receptionist. She left five years later to start her family. After having four children she returned to the company again in 1966 to her previous receptionist position where she spent about 20 years. Following a move to accounting for several years, she joined the customer service team in 1994.
"I really love dealing with the consumer and customer callers, entering orders and handling challenges," says Grassman. "I never would have imagined spending my entire life here at Mansfield but I'm so glad I did. I actually handed in my resignation 20 years ago. My boss tore it up. He knew I wasn't ready to retire and he was right. I'm actually not sure I'm ready now."
An avid sports fan, Grassman plans to spend time watching football, baseball and basketball, plus travelling to Buffalo, N.Y. where her grandson is on a college football team. She'll also spend time with her husband Andy (who worked for Mansfield for 34 years), her five children, 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
"I started here with the family that owned Mansfield Plumbing, so it's been a long, memorable journey over these past 55 years," says Grassman. "The company has gone through many changes while I've been here. I've always felt like part of the Mansfield family and I'm going to miss everyone very much."