TWO veteran workers at digger giant JCB have been given a special gift after notching up 40 years’ service each with the company.
Bob Parnell, of Rugeley, joined in February 1972 as a draughtsman in the drawing office and is now principal engineer for the backhoe loader business unit at the World Headquarters in Rocester.
Seven months later Ken Jones, of Uttoxeter, joined as a machinist in the machine shop and is currently a nightshift supervisor with the backhoe loader business unit.
To mark their service milestone, the long-serving pair were presented with commemorative scale models of backhoes by the HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson.
Steve Carrington, JCB backhoe loader managing director, paid tribute to the workers.
He said: “I’d like to say a personal thank you to both Bob and Ken for their long and loyal service. It is people like them who make JCB successful.”
When Mr Parnell and Mr Jones joined in in 1972, JCB enjoyed a record year selling 6,000 machines – compared to 69,100 in 2011.