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Perrysville, Ohio – What keeps a loyal employee steadily working at a company for 53 years? For F. Eugene (Gene) Oswalt, who celebrates 53 years with Mansfield Plumbing on June 4th, it's the people and steady work.
For more than five decades Oswalt has created a career at Mansfield, starting first in the tool room, then moving after 29 years to the brass tool room, and then, in 2007, to his current position as a case maker in the model shop. He has produced everything from plastic injection molds to jigs to capillary rods as the company's most senior employee.
“Mansfield is a good place to work, with friendly people and steady work,” says Oswalt, a resident of Perrysville, Ohio. “I'm hoping to remain healthy and able to work at least until 2017, which will be my 55th year with the company.”
Oswalt is the longest-tenured employee with Mansfield Plumbing, based in Perrysville, Ohio. The 86-year old company has approximately 650 employees in the United States and manufactures toilets, sinks and tubs. Almost 100 of those employees have been with the company 25 years or more.
“Gene serves as an example of why the American worker is the most productive in the world,” said Jim Morando, president of Mansfield Plumbing. “He's a guy whose work ethic includes dependability and dedication to his craft. We're fortunate to employ him and many others with high personal standards at Mansfield. Their reliability and commitment have helped make us a leader in this industry.”
The father of three and grandfather of seven, Oswalt also has four great grandchildren. He and his wife Barbara, who is in charge of the Mohican School in the Out-of-Doors kitchen in Butler, Ohio, live in a home he built himself in the early 1970s. The couple attends the First Presbyterian Church of Perrysville.