Kings Lynn based manufacturer Williams Refrigeration has held an awards ceremony to recognise its long-serving staff, two of whom were celebrating 30 years’ service.
The people who come to work for the refrigeration specialist tend to stay a long time with the average length of tenure over 15 years. Adding up all the people who reach 15, 20 and 30 years’ landmarks gives a grand total of well over 1,000 years in total!
Karen Redhead, who works in the finance team, has been with the company for over three decades, she said: “My first day at Williams was on the 30th June 1986, I was nervous but can remember everyone making me feel welcome. I can’t believe how the time has flown by!
“Many things have changed over the 30 years, from new products and technologies to new health and safety rules. Work colleagues change, too, of course, but this is a very friendly company and I still keep in touch with many who have left. I enjoy working for Williams and look forward to what the future brings.”
Lee Cook, also received an award for 30 years service. On his first week at Williams he was given the nickname ‘Wilf.’ “There was no apparent reason,” he said, “it was just for fun. But to this day my parents, family and friends all call me Wilf! One of the highlights of my time at Williams was getting the opportunity to help set up the US office, in 1996, when I spent three months living in New York.”
Williams Refrigeration employs 234 people in Kings Lynn and 800 worldwide.
Staff receiving the longer service awards included:
20 Year Award
– John Hopgood, continuous improvement supervisor
– Andrew Cade, plant 2 operative
– Simon Moore, R&D team
– Tim P Smith, plant 1 operative
30 Year Award
– Lee Cook, plant 1 team leader
– Karen Redhead, purchase ledger assistant, accounts department
Managing director, Tim Smith, added: “I’d like to congratulate and thank all the long service staff for their amazing contribution. The length of time staff stay creates a real sense of family in the company. Even more so since we actually do have members of the same families working here – daughters, sons, fathers, mothers, cousins! This brilliant team spirit is created by the staff and it contributes directly to our success.”