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Remembering Slag

Phil Luciano of the Peoria Journal Star profiles the longest-working employee in Caterpillar history, Glen “Slag” Hilligoss, who died on New Year’s Eve after over 63 years with the company. Slag was a welder who never showed the slightest interest in retiring.

“I see so many retired people just watching cars go by,” Slag told a reporter eight years ago, when he was a mere pup of 72 years of age. “When you read the obituaries, most of the people are retired. I still look forward to coming to work every day.”

Slag finally ended up in the obits recently. But his had no mention of retirement. Rather, it duly noted that at the time of his death, the 80-year-old Washburn man had worked 63 1/2 years at Caterpillar.

Nice story of an inspiration to us all. Especially those who will never enjoy the pension he declined to collect because companies don’t have pensions anymore.

(Disclosure: I worked with Luciano for six years at the Journal Star — his personality profiles are always worth a read.)

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Tom Mangan posted at 8:40 pm January 18th, 2009 |

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