Frank Wertish joined the Cooperative in September 1975 as a pulp dryer foreman. He worked in both process and maintenance, holding positions from crane operator, machinist, beet end crew leader, heavy equipment mechanic and then finishing his career as a house mechanic 1st class. A house mechanic 1st class performs repairs on various factory mechanical equipment such as the CO2 blowers, boiler house equipment, turbines, pulverizers, and fans.
Frank states the expansion of 1999 was the biggest improvement
for the factory. Removing the existing structure and placing the new, larger equipment was an experience he will never forget.
Since his last day of employment in November, Frank has spent his retirement time catching up on home projects, including working on a tractor and skid loader. Rumor has it that Frank is pretty good in the kitchen preparing evening meals and packing lunches in the morning!
Thank you Frank for 39+ years of service with the Cooperative! In addition to his wife, Vineva, working for the Cooperative, his son, Scott, and daughter, Michelle, are employed as well.