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3M Says "Thanks" to Our Craftsmen


It’s no secret that HOLLOWAY AMERICA’s craftsmen deserve a ton of credit for our success. Today, we’re glad to, again, tell the world that our people’s hard work and unwavering pursuit of perfection has earned some attention from those whose opinions matter most: our customers. The folks at 3M Purification Inc. recently took some time to visit the HOLLOWAY fabrication shop, honoring us with the 3M Vendor Achievement Award. As HOLLOWAY President Pat McKee told our employees when accepting the award, “this is for you.”

We appreciate 3M Marketing Manager Paul Lubas visiting Springfield to present the award in person. It’s always great to spend time with our customers, and it’s especially nice when they want to treat the whole crew to lunch as a thank you for their dedication to quality. As the engraving on the Vendor Achievement Award states, our team earned the award for fabrication and delivery of the Zeta Plus™ Encapsulated Multi-Round System—the first of its kind.

This product is a custom-made filtration system consisting of multiple disposable filter packs. Our fabricators, machinists, and control specialists built and assembled the entire system at HOLLOWAY. Then, it was sent to a Merck production facility in Virginia.

In addition to the beautiful walnut plaque, Mr. Lubas gave us all quite a compliment when he mentioned how our custom fabrication on the system will affect the lives of so many people. The Zeta Plus™ Encapsulated Multi-Round System we built is letting Merck perform crucial processes. “What they do there,” Mr. Lubas said, “is make an insulin derivative. So while you guys do a lot of steel bending and steel grinding, I just want to let you know that the work you do actually goes to improve and, in some cases, save the lives of a lot of people in the world.”

Wow. We don’t often consider our jobs in those terms. But the chance to make that kind of difference, from right here in Missouri, sure makes it rewarding to put in an honest day’s work.

Always one to make sure HOLLOWAY employees get the lion’s share of the credit, Pat McKee stressed how impressive their fabrication work truly is: “I’ve been doing this since 1976, and I have never seen more beautiful work come out of a shop than this shop here.” Then, he echoed the sentiments of 3M and all our other customers when he offered sincere thanks for consistently producing such fine work.

To all our dedicated HOLLOWAY craftsmen, it’s a privilege to work with you. Thank you.

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