Cement Worker of the Month
Mr. Jarrett Hahn was reared in Moore Township. He graduated from Northampton Area High School in 1991, where he was a member of the Konkrete Kid wrestling squad.
Jarrett joined the Army reserves and attended York College.
In 1993, he became employed by Lone Star Cement Co. in Nazareth, joining his father who was a welder at the plant.
"I was hired by Mr. Grammes and was welcomed by the veteran cement workers," he recalls. "I was happy for the opportunity and did not want to disappoint my father and the men. Starting as a laborer, I progressed to a bulk loading position."
In 1994 the famous Lone Star was purchased by Essroc and they integrated with their Plant 1. The old Penn Dixie was designated as Plant 2 and Lone Star became Plant 3. After a brief layoff during the transition, Mr. Hahn returned, mastering a number of positions to qualify as a shift technician.
"I worked as an apprentice, learning the job and taking a number of technical courses enabling me to earn the classification as a first class technician. I was assigned to work at Plant 3.
For nine years he also worked as a millwright, maintaining plant equipment. Today, Mr. Hahn is a first class instrument technician.
"I worked with a great group of skilled coworkers: Joe Mullner, Richard Hildenbrandt, Cliff Rose, William Highland, Harry Balliet and Wilbur Von Steuben," he says with pride in his voice. "We work together, sharing information under the supervision of James McGaughran."
The team is responsible for all the plant's electrical components. Many problems are complex and challenging but solving problems is very rewarding. Safety is stressed as the men work with low, medium and high voltage. The technology changes rapidly.
"We will be learning and training for the rest of our lives," he says. "Our objective is to see the plants operate in a safe and efficient manner."
I found Mr. Hahn to be a friendly, dedicated cement worker who enjoys his job and the comradery of the instrument technician team. He remains positive on the future of our local cement industry.
Jarrett faithfully serves as the financial secretary of Union Local 18 United Steel Workers of America.
He has been married to the former Grisella Rivas for nine years and they are proud of son Brody. The couple resides in Bushkill Township.
It was a pleasure to visit Essroc and meet Mr. Hahn. I am hoping for a safe and prosperous year for all my friends at the plants. Their long history can be traced back to David Saylor, the "Father of Portland Cement in America."