The following is written by Nancy, one of our wonderful employees! Thank you, Nancy, we feel the same about you. What a way to start the New Year – all teary eyed.
When I am asked where I work, I usually have to explain what Ketchum Mfg. is. I always describe it as a family owned business that makes animal identification tags and then qualify that statement as not my family owned business. The reality of that statement though is Ketchum is family to the employees that work here. I have been fortunate to have worked with two generations of the Powers family and many of the employees have worked with three generations. Perhaps it’s because of the longevity of the employees of Ketchum that we feel like family or more likely it because of Lisa and Gary, like generations before them, go above and beyond to treat you like they would their family. My fondest memory of their Dad, Jay, is when I had to bring my car to the garage unexpectedly for repairs and as he was leaving for the day he asked if I had the money to pay for my car. I have been fortunate to have some great bosses over time, but that was the first time an employer offered to float me a loan and I’m sure if I had needed the money Jay would have been happy with me paying it off $5 a week if need be. Many of us have had family emergencies and no matter how busy they are, how short handed they are the first words out of Lisa and Gary’s mouths are, “go, take whatever time you need” Ketchum employees are not the only ones to be treated like family, many people in the community are afforded the same generosity. Tools in the shop, Gary’s expertise, the shipping department, fax machine etc. have been shared willingly, although you may jokingly be called a user, they are always happy to help out whatever the need. I am truly grateful to be able to work at a job where I am treated like family and in times of need, Lisa and Gary were right there offering help and support.