An employee at Lincolnshire-based compounder Luxus has been recognised for their long service.
Having joined the company in 1979, Terry Burton has celebrated being with the company for a ‘fantastic’ 40 years.
Burton joined Luxus as an extrusion operator, but having spent some time as general manager, in 2008 he was promoted to the role of technical manager, the position he still holds today.
This is a crucial role which sees Burton leading the polymer development team as they look to develop sustainable thermoplastics innovations.
Burton explained that in 1979, things were very different: “As an extrusion operator it was my job to ensure the smooth running of a small strand line extruder. I was responsible for the entire process, from extruding the polymer to checking it for quality control purposes. It was very hands on.”
Now, Burton heads up a team of 160 employees. But he says the same family-like atmosphere still remains.
Speaking about Burton’s long service, Peter Atterby, managing director at Luxus, said: Throughout his 40-year career, Terry has been essential to our success, enabling us to transform from a burgeoning recycle to a £25m turnover technical innovator.
“As we continue to meet challenges, he is now sharing his expertise with a new generation of apprentices to develop material that our customers will demand tomorrow.”
At a celebratory lunch, Burton was presented with a 40-year old bottle of vintage port. The gift was selected as he is known as ‘Top Shelf Terry’ to his colleagues, due to his taste for quality spirits.