Employees Celebrate 30, 35 year Milestones
When Donald Turfle was a child and his parents drove to Gettysburg, he loved looking at all the different license plates from around the country. That curiosity led Donald to a 35-year career as Lowboy Trailer Driver at C.J. Miller, where he has seen countless sights and license plates as he transports heavy equipment to job sites.
“With this outfit, we work in nine different counties,” Donald explained. “You might see two sides of the state in one day. I really enjoy getting to see what’s changed and what hasn’t changed.”
Donald is one of seven C.J. Miller employees celebrating 30 or 35 year anniversaries this year.
“I’m very proud to say we have employees who have worked for C.J. Miller for three decades or more,” said C.J. Miller, President. “I think the fact that they worked for Dad and have continued to stay on through the transition in leadership says a lot about the Company and the pride these employees take in their work.”
“It really comes down to a good team, which we have here, a good environment, and the opportunity to earn a good living,” said Billy Miller, Vice President.
John Rhoten, an Excavating Superintendent who celebrated 35 years with the company in March, has performed everything from large-scale mass grading to utility work during his tenure.
“I’ve always had a good team to work around,” John said. “There is always new, updated equipment for us to use. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Buck Miller. He always wanted a quality job and he wanted it done right.”
Tina Wilson, C.J. Miller’s Billing Coordinator for the asphalt plants, celebrated 30 years at the company in April. Her father retired from the company and her husband, son, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle and cousin also work here. When reflecting on why she has stayed with the company for so long, she said, “I worked with (current owners) Billy, C.J. and Lisa and I worked with their dad, Buck Miller. Each generation has their strengths and new ideas along with the times. They are good, family-oriented people to work with.”
Not every day in the construction industry is, “a bed of roses,” as John Rhoten put it, but employees take pride in the work they do, even in challenging situations.
“There is no typical day,” Donald Turfle said. “I’m problem solving every day. Delivering heavy equipment is a difficult job where dynamics such as unfavorable weather conditions, uncourteous drivers, and unloading equipment on a busy road shoulder come into play. You have to be open-minded, creative and willing to give and take advice.”
Through the variety of projects he has had, John Rhoten said he has been treated fair and has had good people to work with.
“I can hardly believe it’s been 35 years,” he said. “It’s gone pretty quickly.”
Other employees celebrating 30 or 35 year anniversaries include:
Roy Warehime, Senior Equipment Mechanic, 35 years
Frederick Boog, Shop Scheduling Manager, 30 years
Donald Reed, Utility Superintendent, 30 years
Brian Gisher, Field Safety Inspector, 30 years