Cement Worker of the Month: Chris Fatzinger, Essroc
Mr. Chris Fatzinger was reared in Allentown, graduating from William Allen High School in 1984. In 1993, Chris started his cement career with the famous Lone Star Cement Company in Nazareth.
He recalled, “I was hired by manager Don Grammes and started in the labor gang at Plant 3, later working in the quarry and then moving to the plant as a kiln burner. I learned many skills from the late John Bruch, who passed away on the job while working with me — a very sad and emotional memory.”
On Dec. 20, 1994, Chris arrived at the plant working for Lone Star and left as an employee of Essroc; they had just purchased the plant. He continued to work at the old Plant 3, but the kilns ceased operation. The facility continues even today as a grinding operation, turning clinker into quality cement. The unit operates around the clock, manned by 15 hard-working employees under the supervision of Mike Miller and David Dean, both fine men.
Mr. Fatzinger said, “We work with what we have to the best we can. Eighty percent of my day is spent operating a 950 loader, moving stone, gypsum and clinker. My days are very busy. I try to work hard and follow a daily routine. There is a good atmosphere and relationship with our employees at the plant.”
The men stress safety each day in the workplace. Chris is always willing to share his knowledge with the younger employees. He is a very friendly gentleman who appreciates his job.
Chris has been married for 25 years to the former Sherry Cochran. They are proud of daughters Briana and Cassandra, son Chris Jr. and grandson Javian.
Mr. Fatzinger still does some roofing, enjoys basketball and is a Phillies fan. The friendly family resides in Allentown.
We wish continued success to Chris and all my friends at Essroc as they continue our Lehigh Valley cement heritage.