At Reed Manufacturing Co. in Tupelo this morning, Wesley Hunt celebrated with co-workers past and present.
The reason – he’s been with the garment maker for 50 years. The company itself was established in 1919, so Hunt has been there for more than half of its existence.
Company founder Bill Reed hired Hunt at age 17 to be a truck driver and has stayed ever since. He’s now driving a forklift instead of a truck, and he’s usually the last to leave the building.
“If there’s one thing I can call Wesley, it’s ‘dependable,’” said Reed President Ed Nelson.
Said Hunt, “They’ve been good people to work for, they’ve provided for my family . … I’ve never thought of working anywhere else.”
And he’s not retiring yet. Today’s celebration was by no means a retirement party.
“I’m planning to retire in March of next year,” the modest Hunt said with a smile. “There’s some things I want to do before I get to old to do them.”
Hunt turns a spry 68 on Feb. 23.
Read more about Wesley Hunt and his 50 years at Reed Manufacturing in next week’s Lee County Neighbors section of the Daily Journal.