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INDUSTRY NEWS LETTER TO THE EDITOR


Passionate Editorial Hits Home for Metalcaster I just finished reading your “De-


veloping Passion” editorial (March issue, page 7) and it stirred up my passion for where I still am today. I immediately thought back to


my first week on the job (April 1973) here at Maynard Steel when I was a cleanup laborer. I recall seeing a large wooden propel- ler (for a ship) on the floor and remember asking my boss how do they make that? He said you had to be an apprentice floor molder to learn that, get back to work. So I got back to work and kept


on working until June when it was stated to me “you’re pretty good with a shovel, want to be a


molder, start an apprenticeship?” I was excited and said of course! Shortly thereafter I was helping make one of those propellers, and the rest is history. I recall over the years having buddies tease me about working in a foundry. Tey thought all you do is work extremely hard and get dirty, but I straightened them out. I said all that is true, along with extreme climates to deal with, but there is also tons of science and dis- cipline involved to make a casting. It is not for everybody. I have told many young trainees


over the years this will go one of three ways for you. You may hate it,


you may tolerate it, or you may love it. I always tell them I hope they love it, if they tolerate it do their best, and if they hate it by all means look for a different job. I was just coaching a grandson about his new job: If you don’t like it look elsewhere. You have to feel good about what you do to be happy in life.


Thanks again for a great edito-


rial and firing up my passion once again!


Best regards,


Doug Dearey Product Development Manager Maynard Steel Casting Co.


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