Monday, July 5, 2010

Farewell

Larry has worked at the plant since he was 8-years-old, when he started sweeping the floors in the machine shop. By the time he was 20 he was running the place. The company put him through school; he eventually earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering. It was one of the best investments they ever made.

Larry knows this equipment like the back of his hand. In fact, he designed most of it and oversaw the installation, testing and operation of it. Over time, he began to think of these machines as his children; he never found the time to marry.

He's hired and mentored generations of mechanics and engineers on this equipment. He's watched it, and them, grow and change. He can tell by the vibrations through the floor if there's a problem.

And so now, more than 50 years after he entered this hall for the first time, he's leaving for the last time. New ownership and new Homeland Security rules mean he won't be able to come back and visit the way he had planned to, to see this equipment, his equipment, or his proteges again. As he leaves his office for the last time, he stops to say goodbye to his world.

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