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Celebrating 55 years with Airstream

May 19, 2014

Airstream employee Charlie Metz, of St. Johns, works in the parts department in Jackson Center. Metz has been with the company for 55 years. (Staff photo/Brittany Powell)

A local man was honored for 55 years of employment at the Jackson Center plant which produces what he likes to call “the Cadillac of the RV industry.”

Charlie Metz, of St. Johns, along with Airstream employee Ron Williams, of Sidney, began working at the Airstream factory in 1959, only a few years after the plant itself opened in 1952.

“He has basically been here as long as Airstream’s been in Jackson Center,” Airstream parts manager Kim Britt said. “He could pretty much tell you anything that has happened.”

Britt said Metz has seen the company transform throughout the years. She said he is the go-to person when trying to remember a fact about Airstream’s past, calling him “a wealth of knowledge about everything Airstream.”

“He’s always here. He’s very efficient. He’s always on time,” Britt said. “He just does a really good job.”
Metz said he looks forward to coming into work every morning.
“It’s a good place to work,” Metz said. “Everybody in the department helps each other. It just makes it easier.”

For the full story, see the Monday, May 19 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.
 

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