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Morgan County Woman Celebrates 60 Years of Employment

Friday, June 29, 2012
by Gwynn Stewart

Morgan County Woman Celebrates 60 Years of Employment

During Older Americans Month this past May, AAA8 Learned of this unique "Never too Old to..." story in Morgan County...

In 1952, Jerri Stemm was working for 25 cents an hour as a waitress in McConnelsville. At the restaurant, she met three men who had come to Morgan County to build a new bearings plant. They brought her an employment application and asked her to come to work at what is now Miba Bearings US, LLC. Jerri started there for 90 cents an hour and has been with the company ever since.

“I’m probably the only one who works here who didn’t ask for a job,” said Jerri. “They asked me to apply and I am so glad they did.” She has worked in a variety of areas over the years and currently serves in Inspection. This December, Jerri will be 85 and she doesn’t have plans to retire anytime soon from her still full-time employment.

The Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging (AAA8) learned about Jerri as part of Older Americans Month and its theme “Never to old to…” and wanted to learn more about her secrets to success.

Jerri shared that she doesn’t take medicine. She believes in vitamins and herbs and eating healthy. Her faith and family are also very important to her. She has one daughter and four step children plus four grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and four great-greats.

“I have been so blessed and I thank the good Lord,” said Jerri. “I just enjoy being here and the people so much.” Jerri shared that recently Miba leaders from Austria visited the plant near McConnelsville and shared with her what a role model she is there and even at other company locations in Austria.

“I told our plant manager, Bernie Anderson that they don’t know how much that means to an old lady like me,” said Jerri. “I just believe in hard work and a positive attitude.”

Miba Bearings US, LLC,  is just north of McConnelsville and has been helping the railroad and aerospace industries and compressor and diesel engine producers forge ahead for over 60 years. Jerri explained Miba’s high-tech products and commitment to ongoing improvements.

“When I started we made products mostly for airplanes,” shared Jerri. “If we wanted to make adjustments to machines back then, we’d use a hammer and a wrench. Now, we are so automated and computerized, it’s all with the simple push of a button.”

Miba Bearings US, LLC,  is the region's largest manufacturing employer and has been part of the Miba Group since 2001. At nearly 85 years of age, Jerri Stemm says you’re “Never too old to work.”

To learn more about AAA8 programs and services, call 1-800-331-2644 or visit www.areaagency8.org .You can also find AAA8 on Facebook. AAA8 serves Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington Counties.


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