Recognising long service including 16-year-old apprentice who is now senior engineering manager

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 28 Oct 2016

SOME of the longest-serving workers at Cristal were rewarded for their loyalty at the company's 52nd club night.

Around 150 past and current workers of the Stallingborough chemical giant met at the Humber Royal Hotel for a celebratory dinner, where employees gave speeches on how the firm has evolved over the years.

Cristal, which has grown to become the world's second largest manufacturer of titanium dioxide, has operated on the Humber Bank for more than 60 years.

Senior managers, engineers, craftsmen, process operators, research staff and other workers swapped stories about working on the site.

Special recognition was reserved for Matty Jennings, Lisa Tamplin and Dave Coley for their 25 years of service, while Neil Pursglove, Mick Bunn and Graham Goodwin were congratulated for their 40 years of work at Cristal.

The presentations were made by Robert Sarracini, general manager of Cristal.

The night was again supported by the Humber Royal Hotel, who provided an overnight stay package for those attending from outside the area.

Barry Howells, a member of the 25-year club of Millennium Inorganic Chemicals (now Cristal Global), said: "There is little doubt that a significant reason for the success of the company over the years has been its excellent workforce.

"Over the years I've often been asked: 'What makes them tick?'

"I always reply: "Respect – respect for the company and its aims and objectives but also the respect we have for each other, irrespective of job title or position in the company and realising that we have internationally-recognised experts within their own field or areas of expertise.

"This is typified by the chairman Paul Parker, who was recruited as a 16-year-old apprentice and is now a senior engineering manager with a degree in instrument/electrical engineering.

"The chairman is always recruited from those eligible employees still on site, irrespective of their position in the company."

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