September saw Vacu-Lug celebrate another long-term employee, as Jon Hodgkinson reached his quarter of a century milestone with the company.
As a team member of the Initial Inspection department, Jon’s responsibilities involve performing inspections on incoming casings to determine whether they are acceptable to be retreaded, in accordance with Vacu-Lug’s stringent quality guidelines. The Initial Inspection team carry out visual and tactile examinations of casings before performing a non-destructive shearography test to detect any separations within the casings.
Jon started at Vacu-Lug on the 10th September 1990 and he has worked in various departments over the years. He joined the Initial Inspection team in April 2010.
Production Cell Manager, Mark Mewes, comments: “Jon has proven to be a great asset to the team. He has a great work ethic paired with a great sense of humour and is well liked within the section.”
Jon was presented with a cheque by Vacu-Lug’s Chairman, Chris Langham, at the end of September.
Finance Director, John Parsons added: “Congratulations to Jon Hodgkinson who has completed 25 years’ loyal service to the company. Jon wanted to donate the value of his award to the Naomi Fardell Fund Charity instead of receiving a gift himself which is an extremely generous gesture.”
The Naomi Fund charity raises funds for The Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Kingfisher Ward at Grantham Hospital and Heart Link at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital and was set up in honour of Grantham-born Naomi Fardell.
As of August 2015, Vacu-Lug has 44 team members with more than 20 years’ service. Overall, Vacu-Lug’s average length of service is 15.2 years.