Sideglances
by SARAH GREENE
sgreene@etex.net
May 31, 2013 | 761 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FOUR TIMES a year, Robroy Industries publishes a newsletter, the Bagpiper, in an attractive 4-color magazine style format. The spring issue, recently arrived here, has a lead story about Patricia Fox McIlroy, widow of Robert G. McIlroy, who was president of the company when Robroy branched out from its Pittsburgh, Pa. home to establish a plant in Gilmer.

The importance of the Gilmer operation is reflected in the pages devoted to the Conduit Division based here.

OPPOSITE a page of personal items on four “new hires,” is a page of photos taken at the “bonus dinner” from the Conduit Division and Duoline Technologies. Bonus incentive checks were distributed and “associates from all three Texas facilities were rewarded for successfully completing their objectives from the prior year.”

ANOTHER item pictured Carlean Turner, Assistant Controller, and Rita Buchheit, Senior Buyer/Scheduler/Expeditor, helping with the monthly weekend inventory counts.

“At the Avinger facility a ‘wall-to-wall’ inventory schedule is posted where associates can volunteer to participate. Team lists are then formed from these volunteers,” the Bagpiper reported.

“Snow in Gilmer, Texas” is the headline that goes with a photo of the Gilmer plant made last December. The caption explains that snow is quite common in winter at the Robroy headquarters in Verona, Pa., where snow fall averages 43 inches a year, or at the Stahlin Enclosure Division in Belding, Mich., which gets an average of 73.2 inches annually.

This is compared with Gilmer’s average of 2.6 inches of snow a year. It is also noted that in 2012 Gilmer had its first white Christmas since 1975.

TWO COLORFUL pages are devoted to the 2012 Christmas party, held at the Gilmer Civic Center for the Robroy Conduit Division and Duoline Technologies Associates.

The story explains that the Civic Center was transformed into a casino where everyone received Robroy bucks with which to play casino games. Big winners’ names went into drawings for prizes ranging from gift cards to a pair of binoculars.

The agenda for the evening also included the presentation of service awards to associates with two years service and those with service in 5-year increments.

ON THE list of distinguished guests was Gilmer’s Don Williams, former member of the Robroy board of directors, who was accompanied by his son, Steve.

Color coordination in the Bagpiper extended to the story about Robert McIlroy’s widow, Patricia. The story, headlined “A Tribute to a Beautiful Lady,” is illustrated with a picture of Mrs. McIlroy, wearing white, with her large white poodle, Pierre. She died on Jan. 6 of this year.

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