PERRYSVILLE, OHIO — On January 30, 2015, Mansfield Plumbing employee Ron Kline reached a career milestone most people would never dream of — 50 years with the same company — and with a perfect attendance record.
Hired on January 30, 1965, at the age of 20 as a clean-up person at the Mansfield manufacturing facility in Perrysville, Ohio, Kline is still going strong. With no thoughts of retirement in his future, the father of 11 and grandfather of 38 relishes his work for the company.
"I enjoy the people and what I do, so why should I consider retiring?" said Kline, who also owns a family farm in the Loudonville area of Ohio. "This company has been a great place to have a career and it's been good to my entire family.
"Right now my son Jeff and my daughter Julie are both working at Mansfield, along with my brother, Elmer. Two other brothers, Richard and Jerry, recently retired from the company. Together the Kline family has about 220 combined years of service at Mansfield."
According to Jim Morando, president of Mansfield Plumbing, Kline is the ideal worker. "We wish we could clone Ron," said Morando. "He shows up every day and throughout the entire day he is committed to being part of the solution."
Kline spent the first 18 years with Mansfield as an inspector/grader of sanitaryware products as they came out of the kiln.
"I checked for cracks and blemishes to make sure the quality was there for each and every piece that went out the door," said Kline. "About 32 years ago I decided to try driving a truck. That's been a terrific job because I've been able to make deliveries to every state east of the Mississippi River. Nowadays I mostly deliver to our customers in Ohio and shuttle product from our plant to the warehouse. I'm happy meeting with our customers and interacting with all the Mansfield people."
According to Teri Reid, the distribution manager at Mansfield, the customers are equally pleased with Kline. "As a truck driver, Ron is in touch with many of our customers and positively represents our company," said Reid. "He's extremely dedicated to Mansfield and is one of the most well-liked employees we have. I think the entire Kline family has been a great asset for us — those who have retired and those who are still working within our four walls!"
Married for 50 years to his wife Lois, Kline has been actively involved in his community his entire life. He coached basketball and softball at the high school level for decades and is a member of the Mohican Area Community Fund.
"I'm basically a happy, healthy person, which has allowed me to work so long without a sick day," said Kline. "I'm very blessed. With 38 grandchildren there are lots of family activities to get involved in, so it keeps me busy. But retirement isn't even an option, I really enjoy my job and working for Mansfield is a huge part of my life."
Mansfield Plumbing precision manufactures millions of pieces of sanitaryware and bathware each year at its facilities in Perrysville and Big Prairie, Ohio and in Henderson, Texas. Founded in 1929, Mansfield Plumbing, which is owned by Corona, is a leading producer of top-quality, high-design, performance plumbing fixtures and fittings for use in residential, commercial and institutional markets. For more information call 877-850-3060.