COME & SEE US at Anuga FoodTec 19th to 22nd March in Cologne, Hall 10.1 Stand F-050.

Frank Bone, our longest serving employee made the decision that 2023 was the time for him to retire and bid farewell to his role as Setter. Frank has worked at Wire Belt for an incredible 53 years which is such a remarkable achievement, and we are grateful for all his efforts and hard work.

Frank has many memories from his time spent with Wire Belt. He started on 12th January 1970 in the packing area, this was to last just 18 months when an opportunity arose for him to learn machine setting and maintenance. He took on the role and spent the first couple of weeks learning and has never looked back.

In those early days, the factory was modest, housing only a few machines. The work was hands-on, requiring multitasking skills, as all the machines were mechanical, necessitating repairs and adjustments with different types of hand tools.

Over time his job became more streamlined making the job easier and more efficient with the development of electronic machines transforming the process.

Frank remembers moving into Wire Belt’s new factory in Castle Road, there was just one machine to start with whilst they moved in, which was situated in the corner of the otherwise empty factory.

‘Working with Wire Belt is like being part of a family’ says Frank, ‘If you do your job, it is incredibly rewarding. It became an integral part of my life, and I was never tempted to go and seek employment elsewhere.’

As Frank enters this new chapter, he is now looking forward to spending quality time with his grandchildren and continuing to indulge in one of his favourite hobbies – creating confectionery delights and baking. Frank was always bringing in homemade fudge, cherry liquors, and marzipan chocolates for his colleagues. Fortunately, they will not have to miss out now that he has retired, Frank plans to pop back in to see everyone regularly.

Frank Bone’s retirement serves as a testament to his remarkable dedication and loyalty to Wire Belt. His contributions and presence will be deeply missed, but his legacy will continue to inspire future generations within our organisation.

Frank was presented with his retirement gifts during a cake and coffee morning the company organised for him, one of the gifts was a food mixer, his chosen gift to be able to continue creating lovely, tasty bakes!

We all wish Frank well and an enjoyable and happy retirement.

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