President Ed Eriksen with Grandson Levi listening as he makes opening remarks
Last week we celebrated 34 years of business at Manchester Wood.
A milestone we hold with great pride, but not as close as the individuals who have dedicated their time to its success.
Our celebration of years in service was highlighted by the recognition of our new 10-year and 20-year employees, an accomplishment and loyalty worth admiration.
Our President, Ed Eriksen, led the ceremony with stories of these highlighted employees, presenting gifts of thanks, stories, and roasting humor of memories past.
The first to be recognized were those beyond the years of the newly inducted.
Mike, Beverly, and Ed have been here since the inception, 34 years ago in Manchester, Vermont.
Carl, Tracy, Garnet, and Richard follow close behind with over 20 years of dedication. Accomplishments that were met with gratitude from fellow workers in the lunchroom festivities.
10-year employees L-R, Mark, Darcie, Ashley, and Laurie G.
Next up in the ceremony were our 10-year employees, Darcie, Mark, Ashley, and Laurie G. Memories were shared on their years in the business as Ed presented and acknowledged their service.
20-year employees pictured L-R, Virginia, Judy, and Jim
The spotlight now turned to our 20-year employees, with flowers on and wood block planes bearing their names, Virginia, Jim, Pat, Judy, Margaret, and Laurie joined a growing family of dedicated workers.
“There has been a lot of good times and challenging times, but it’s the dedication of all our employees that enable us to continue to move forward.” Mr. Eriksen explained.
Laughs shared during the roast, L-R, Jim, Pat, Margaret, and Laurie B.
After the stories and laughs, the ceremony came to a close, but a feeling remained throughout the day. There was a thankfulness that permeated around the office and plant, an overwhelming understanding of how far we’ve come as a company with much of our existence in tough economic times. The dedication of our workers is the catalyst for survival through the storms.
We continue to strive to make the finest solid wood furniture in America, we not only thank our employees, but you, our customers for your unwavering support.
It’s a thankful time in the history of Manchester Wood.