Alice Marks Celebrates 50 Years with Wooster Brush

Thu September 24, 2015

Alice Marks Celebrates 50 Years with Wooster Brush

Wooster, OH--On August 24, 2015, Alice Marks reached her 50th year of service with The Wooster Brush Company.

Alice began work at the paint applicator manufacturer after graduating from Smithville High School in 1965. She's been in several Wooster A Marks Headshot 09 15departments, including the brush setup department for 10 years, as well as the big line. Alice currently works in the brush finishing department, helping to package and box brushes as they come down the line­­.

After five decades in the Wooster Brush factory, Alice has witnessed the three-time expansion of her department, as well as a shift in employees as people retired. "I've worked with a lot of supervisors and foremen, and they were all good. It seems now that they're much younger, but I'm getting much older!" Alice said. "We have a lot of nice college help. The machinery has improved tremendously." The supervisors that have overseen her departments include Bill Becker, Don Hershberger, Lynn Croskey, Don Kosier, Brenda Bagby, and Shirley Kline.

Shawn Cannon, the brush finishing supervisor who has worked with Alice for over two years, said she possesses a strong work ethic. "There have been times where she's worked through her break," Shawn said. "That's how dedicated she is. She's a go-getter."

Alice is proud to be one of the few people to reach the golden anniversary; she credits Wooster Brush's great benefits and great people with making work a memorable experience. "I've made a lot of friends. I'll miss them," she said. "We've never had any layoffs. That's good! About two weeks from now, we're going to have our annual profit sharing. That's good! My time here went really fast. Really, really fast."

Wooster A Marks WorkshotThough she hasn't yet set a date for her retirement, Alice expects to continue enjoying hobbies at home in the meantime. "I like to do gardening, yardwork, work around the house. My husband and I like bluegrass music...I also ride a stationary bike every day." Alice and her husband also have one daughter, who teaches art in Mansfield.

Alice is the 15th person in the company's 164-year history to have reached this milestone. Wooster Brush is known around the area to have an exceptionally high retention rate. The current average length of service for all 550 employees is 16 years.

About The Wooster Brush Company

Established in 1851, The Wooster Brush Company is the oldest independent manufacturer of paint applicators in the USA. Based in Wooster, Ohio, the privately held company with 550 employees produces more than 2,000 products for both professional and DIY painters. Two industry standards--angle sash paintbrushes and synthetic fabric roller covers--exist today because of The Wooster Brush Company. Wooster tools are available at traditional paint and decorating centers, hardware stores, paint sundry distributors or retailers, and home centers. Learn more and view the full Wooster catalog at woosterbrush.com.

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