More than 170 years of ex­pe­ri­ence leaves Isis mill

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RE­TIRE­MENT: Rod­ney Swan, Bill Holzberger, Ian Philpott and Merv Long re­tired from Isis Mill this year. All four have more than 40 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence each.

HOWDO you turn a “take five” into a 30-minute yarn filled with laughs?

You bring to­gether four men with about 170 years of com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence for a ca­sual chat about their time work­ing at Isis Cen­tral Sugar Mill.

While there were plenty of sto­ries not fit to print, and a whole lot more that weren’t even men­tioned, re­tir­ing quar­tet Ian Philpott, Bill Holzberger, Merv Long and Rod­ney Swan had more than enough mem­o­ries to share about their time at the mill.

All four men are es­teemed mem­bers of the mill’s “40-year club”, a group of hard-work­ing pro­fes­sion­als who have worked at the mill for the 40 years.

Mr Holzberger, Mr Long and Mr Swan will clock off

for the last time on De­cem­ber 12, and Mr Philpott has al­ready en­joyed the first week of post-mill life after fin­ish­ing on Novem­ber 28.

He is the most se­nior of the group, hav­ing spent a re­mark­able 46 years in var­i­ous roles at the mill. The oth­ers spent be­tween 40 and 45 years at the site.

CEO John Gor­ringe paid trib­ute to the quar­tet.

“It is our long-serv­ing em­ploy­ees that form the back­bone of our company and we value their knowl­edge, skills and ex­per­tise,” Mr Gor­ringe said.

“I would like to thank (them) for their com­mit­ment and con­tri­bu­tion to the company over a long pe­riod, and wish them a safe and happy re­tire­ment.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

LONG IN­NINGS: Rod­ney Swan, Bill Holzberger, Ian Philpott and Merv Long have left or are leav­ing the Isis Cen­tral Sugar Mill this year.

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