In a few days, Christine Ash becomes the 32nd member of the Twenty Year Club at Confer Plastics. She started working here in August of 1998.
She is in a unique situation – she joins her mother, Jean Gray, to become the first mother-daughter duo in the Club. Jean has been with us for over 27 years. Christine’s stepfather, Dave, is also a member — 30 years and counting!
Before working here, Christine worked at Jenss in the old Summit Park Mall, Pizza Junction, and a convenience store. She also has a degree in nursing.
She started here as machine operator and within a few years became the quality inspector on third shift. For nearly a decade now the mother of two has been our inventory specialist.
She has a lot on her plate – she enters each day’s production data, determines what components and packaging needs to be bought to complete our production orders, and manages inventory levels for components, work-in-process, and finished goods. Her records also serve as the history of production which in turn is used to calculate product prices.
She’s definitely the “go to” gal for a lot of information that drives our planning and decision making at the plant. She’s an important part of the team.
How long ago was August of 1998?
Well, here’s what happened the month that Christine started here…
• Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were battling one another in the great home run race
• “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” debuted on ABC
• In a taped testimony, President Bill Clinton admitted his affair with Monica Lewinsky
• North Korea launched its first satellite
• “The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy and Monica was the #1 song