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2nd shift foreman Ron Harshman is retiring

Thursday will mark the final day of work for Ron Harshman. Ron is retiring after having worked here for 15 years as the second shift foreman.


Prior to working at CPI, Ron spent 14 years at Exolon ESK in Tonawanda as a supervisor before that facility was bought and closed by the new owners. Before that, he spent 10 years at Carborundum Abrasives in Niagara Falls.


Ron will be missed at the plant. He has always been a father figure of sorts to so many young people who worked on the afternoon shift. We wish him the very best in retirement as he can now spend time with his wife Sharon and their family. Ron is a doting grandfather – so there are a lot of fun times ahead.


His first day at the plant was March 24th, 2003. So we can understand how long ago Ron started here, this is what happened in March of 2003…


  • A USA-led coalition launched an invasion of Iraq, beginning the Iraq War
  • “Chicago” won the Academy Award for best picture
  • Fidel Castro was elected to a 6th term as president of Cuba
  • The Dow Jones was at 7,500
  • The Space Shuttle Columbia’s black box was found in Texas
  • SARS was the big health scare – there were more than 100 cases in Toronto alone