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Deserved retirements after century of work

06 October 2011

A century of manufacturing knowledge has come to a close for two Sheffield Forgemasters’ employees.

A century of manufacturing knowledge has come to a close for two Sheffield Forgemasters’ employees.

Denis Haddon and Clifford Roe are bowing out after clocking up a combined 100 years experience working for Forgemasters.

To thank them for their efforts Sheffield Forgemasters held a special presentation at which both men received gift vouchers and a framed certificate for 50 years service.

Despite all the changes to the business over the past 50 years since they started, both say their enthusiasm and loyalty to the company have remained constant throughout.

Denis, from Sheffield, started work at Forgemasters as a school leaver in 1961 progressing up through the heat treatment and hardening areas while Clifford spent his time in the melt shop.

In more recent years, Denis mentored a number of apprentices in the heat treatment and maintenance areas and served on many of the sports clubs’ committees.

Denis said: “Having been at Forgemasters for 50 years, it is no surprise that the company has developed considerably around me. But I’ve managed to take on the challenges and even transfer some of my new skills to younger employees.”

His future plans include playing a few rounds of golf and relaxing. He said: “The thing that I am really going to miss is the overall banter from everyone on the workforce. I’m very happy to retire, but I would be telling lies if I said that I wasn’t going to miss it at Forgemasters.”

Meanwhile, Clifford Roe has spent most of his half century in the Melt Shop as Maintenance Electrician and has seen changes across all divisions within the company.

He said: “My work has really focused around the Melt Shop. The quantities and amounts of steel we move around are much bigger than ever before.

“Having spent 50 years working for Forgemasters, it will be a real difference to have no work to do. There has never been a period where I have had nothing to do. However, I plan to take it easy, I’ve had my time getting up early and working lates.

“I plan to spend my time relaxing in my caravan at Crowle and holidaying abroad.”

Graham Honeyman, chief executive at Sheffield Forgemasters said: “Both Denis and Clifford have given Forgemasters a combined 100 years of dedicated service which is a truly remarkable achievement.

“Everyone will miss them both, and, whilst we are very sad to lose Denis and Clifford, we want to wish them both a relaxing and happy retirement.”