Happy 50th birthday Alan!
Alan Tate – Rising through the ranks.
In 1980, as a fresh faced 16 year old, on his first day as an apprentice at Arefco, I don’t suppose Alan imagined that he would still be working for the company 34 years later.
Somehow Alan’s 50th birthday has come round so quickly; we remember doing a buffet for his 40th! Where did those 10 years go?
During his 34 years at Arefco Alan’s career has been in the heart of the company, in Operations, making our products, following his apprenticeship he worked as a press operator and during the early days he made some of the first Oilfield Packers that we ever produced. By today’s standards, no H&S Manager should have to witness some of the things Alan and the other operators got up to. Back then, Health and Safety was but a puling infant and certainly no match for the inimitable Mr Tate.
Next stop in his Arefco career journey, he went on to become a Shift Manager and when he got a call to come into work early, unfortunately for the resting Alan, no one told us he had just completed a nightshift and we woke him up. Ever the professional, there was not a single expletive in our brief conversation…..but….we could tell he wasn’t best pleased.
His next progression, he has risen to the dizzy heights of Production Control Manager which meant leaving his beloved shop floor and moving over to the darkside – upstairs into the office where with his wealth of experience he continues to be an integral part of the Arefco machine.
When Gina started work at Arefco she was a little nervous of Alan. Well, he can be a bit gruff. Then one day she heard him talking on the phone to his little boy and she realised that really, he is a pussy cat!
Sorry, Alan but it takes time to appreciate your brand of humour. It has only taken Alison five months to realise that “away boil yer heed” is actually a term of endearment!
There are a lot of stories we could tell about Alan but they involve swearing and alcohol and well, we acknowledge perhaps we don’t want to share; we’ll keep them to ourselves. What we do want to share is recognition of his continued investment and contribution to our team.
It has been an eventful 34 years and with the way pensions are now, Alan could be here for another 34 years and we will happily have him with us. Happy 50th Alan, some might say it’s a minor miracle really.