An award and many rewards after 25 years of service at Fletcher’s
A YEAR before Beatlemania overtook the United States in 1964, The Beatles invited Roy Orbison to open the shows for them on their English tour. He performed 14 encore songs on his first night – before the Beatles got on stage!
Gene Pitney had similar success, recording 16 Top 40 hits in the USA and 22 in the UK. Both ‘60s megastars will be brought to life by celebrated tribute artist, Eddie Daniels (pictured above), at at the Dubbo RSL on Sunday, June 3, 2pm. Tickets prices are: non-members $30, members $25. STEVEN HOWARTH was panel beating and didn’t know that the end of that job in 1993 would signal an entirely new career.
“I was panel beating and spray painting, we got put off and I got a job out here at Fletcher’s and have been here ever since,” Mr Howarth said of his job at Fletcher International.
He’s just received his certificate recognising 25 years of dedicated service.
“I started in the fellmongery, through a few other departments, then went to by-products
Steven Howarth recently notched up 25 years working with Fletcher International. He says one of the unsung benefits of working with Dubbo’s largest private employer is the chance to make good friends. and have been there ever since, that’s about 20 years.
“What I enjoy most about working at Fletchers is the people and the atmosphere. Panel beating was isolating because you mostly worked alone; here it’s a social workplace,” Mr Howarth told Dubbo
“We haven’t got enough time for me to tell you about all the mates I’ve made out here over the years! A lot of friends I’ve got now have been through work, there’s so many I couldn’t tell you.
“I had no idea Fletchers was going to become such a big part of my life when I first came out here.”
After getting laid off panel beating Stephen made the trip to the north of town to knock on the door, had an interview and two days later they rang him to say he’d got the job.
“I was happy and the stress was gone. It’s so good to have such a big employer in the town which is always hiring local people,” Stephen said.
“So many people have come out here and applied for jobs, they’re all stressed out and then they get jobs here and stay here. I like having less stress here, the stress of panel beating was a lot, you couldn’t afford to make a single mistake.
“It’s very important for the city that Fletchers is here, otherwise there’d be hardly any work for so many people,” he said.
He says socialising with people from all over the world is one of the greatest strengths of the workplace. Mr Howarth has made mates with co-workers from as far away as China and India.
“One of the things here, you work hard and they’ll look after you. I’m very happy to stay,” he said.