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"That woman worked me to death!!" This was a phrase that I heard uttered by a young man who was working along one of the greatest workers that Eminence Speaker has ever seen. He was describing how hard he was working while trying to keep up with Mayme Steinmetz. She is, without a doubt, one of the hardest workers I have ever had the privilege to work with.
I have a unique perspective as I have worked alongside Mayme in the Packing Department and Box Line. When I was an Assistant Supervisor in the packing department, Mayme was always giving 100%. She is a great example to the younger generation of workers coming in as well as those of us that have been here for a few years.
“I was excited to get on here.” That is a phrase that many of our veteran workforce at Eminence Speaker have uttered. For much of the history of Eminence Speaker, this has been a tough place to gain employment because the turnover rate had been so low. Once you were in, you stayed in and did everything you could to maintain your employment.
Jane Holbrook is one of those people who are genuinely appreciative of what she has. She is a very dependable worker and her quality of work speaks for itself. She has been married for almost 30 years with 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
There is an old Jewish proverb that says, “I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” That idea is foreign to most of us. We typically want to lighten the load, do less, and keep ourselves from being tied down or committed to something for very long. But hardly ever does the person asking for lighter burdens accomplish much. If the truth be told, no one ever really goes looking for burdens; they usually find you. Similarly, in the workplace, we typically don’t go looking for extra things to add to our daily routines. But nevertheless, extra things find us.
From my own experience of working in production here, you will be hard pressed to find someone more able and willing to shoulder a tough workload than April Suter. April is extremely knowledgeable about everything with regards to our production departments. Her knowledge comes not from simply being told how to do something, but from hours of hard work doing the various jobs.
I have met and talked with many people in my years here at Eminence. There are very few that I have met that are as knowledgeable of their department as Patty Thurmond. Some people see a task at a “street level” view and some see a task from “30,000ft.” Patty can do both. And that is part of what makes her such a vital part of the Eminence Speaker workforce. Patty works in the Press Room at Eminence under the supervision of Garrett Gambrel. Garret recognizes Patty’s contributions to the company as such:
“Patty is an upbeat, hard worker with a great attitude. She is a huge asset for the department as well as the organization. She shows concern for quality and takes pride in a job well done. She knows how to motivate others and increase production. I never have to worry if she is working which makes my job easier. She is a great person, definitely an original.”
This month’s “We are Eminence” employee highlight shines its light upon Thomas Hill. Thomas is one of the many pairs of hard working hands here at Eminence. He and his brother, Eric, take great pride in running our US Distribution department. Glenn Simpson is Thomas’ direct report here at Eminence. Glenn has this to say about Thomas:
“Thomas is a great guy. He’s here every day which is a big plus for me. He’s got a very positive attitude and work ethic which makes him very easy to work with and be around. He always keeps himself busy. Not someone you feel you need to keep an eye on. A real asset for the company and especially our department. Besides that, he’s a Louisville Cardinal fan. How can you not like that!!”
This month’s “We Are Eminence” employee spotlight shines on Teresa Rucker. Teresa currently works in our Voice Coil Department. Eminence Speaker has been around since 1966 and for 23 of those 46 years, Teresa Rucker has been faithfully building our reputation one voice coil at a time. Her supervisor, Michelle Gambrel speaks of Teresa this way:
“Teresa is very passionate about everything she does. She is very loyal to Eminence Speaker, her friends, her church, and her family. She takes pride in her work and has a lot of knowledge about her job and the company as a whole. She tries her best and gives her all. It is a pleasure to work with her. Teresa is what Eminence Speaker is all about.”