Following a career spanning over five decades at local engineering firm Stainless Metalcraft (Metalcraft), the company’s longest-serving employee Michael Wills has announced his retirement.
Having joined Metalcraft in 1969 as a welding apprentice, Michael’s hard work and dedication over many years culminated with his promotion into the Projects Production Department where his skills and expertise proved invaluable across many highly complex contracts.
Since 2017, he has been sharing his wealth of knowledge with the next generation of skilled workers, training apprentices in welding techniques.
Michael said: “Fifty-three years for Metalcraft is an achievement I’m extremely proud of. I am very lucky to have worked on some fantastic projects, with some of the best people in the industry.
“Metalcraft has continually evolved as a business over that time and has been a great company to work for. I’m so honored to have been asked to work with the next generation of welding apprentices and feel like my career has gone full-circle.”
Ian Bannister, managing director at Metalcraft, added: “Michael is a hugely respected colleague who has played an important role in our ongoing success, his depth of knowledge on deploying complex and critical welding is second to none and his advice is still actively sought out by many across the business.
“He leaves a tremendous legacy for future generations and his long service is a true reflection of his commitment and dedication to our success of ‘growing your own’ approach to talent development.
“Michael’s retirement marks the end of an era - he will be missed by all of us at the company - and we hope he enjoys his thoroughly-deserved retirement.”
Michael is retiring from Metalcraft on 25th August 2022 at the age of 68.
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