Two extraordinary Mohawk employees are celebrating half a century of working at the Company’s Karastan manufacturing facility in Eden, N.C.
Together, Finishing Department Clerk Lottie Purcell and Auto-Set Machine Operator Delma Galloway have a century of combined experience – 10 more years than the Karastan brand, which celebrated its 90th anniversary earlier this year.
“Out of 14 current Mohawk employees with 50 or more years of service with the Company, four of them work full time at Eden and many others at our facility have decades of experience,” Eden Plant Manager Darin Quesinberry said. “We are incredibly fortunate to have dedicated men and women who have chosen to build careers here. The expertise and perspective that Lottie leverages each day and Delma brings to the Setting Department are invaluable. I am grateful to have them on our team and proud of them both for reaching this impressive milestone.”
Lottie Purcell began her career with Karastan on July 11, 1968 in the Mending department and her current role is Clerk in the Finishing Department. Other than working at a discount store during school, this has been her only job.
“We’ve come a long way,” she said. “It’s an old place, but it’s kept up very well. To make it to 90 years, we’ve seen a lot of different improvements.”
Throughout the years, the technology has changed, but one thing that has stayed constant is the family feel at Eden. She said her favorite memories come from events like Tommy Mohawk Day and other celebrations with colleagues.
“I like the people here,” Lottie said. “After you work here so much, they become family. We spend more waking hours here than we do at home.”
Even though the world has changed significantly since she first walked through the doors in 1968, Lottie said her career allowed her to remain self sufficient during difficult times and she’s proud to continue working at Karastan.
“My advice to younger folks is to come in with an open mind and a work ethic that you’re committed to,” Lottie said. “It’s a great place to work.”
If Delma could have started working at Karstan sooner, she would have. The first time she applied she was told to return after her eighteenth birthday. On September 3, she officially celebrated 50 years with the Company, which she has spent working in the Setting Department.
“The first thing they told us when I started was that these are high quality rugs – they’re beautiful and it’s something to take pride in,” Delma said. “All of the setting was manual back then. It was challenging work, and I love a challenge.”
When the Company began implementing an auto-set machine in the 1980s, Delma was one of the first people to work on the prototype. Even though she said it put some of the gray hair on her head, she was excited to help shape the future of her department and the products.
“I take pride in what I do,” she said. “I love what I do, and I hope this place is going to be here a long time.”
Please join us in congratulating these two employees on reaching this remarkable milestone.