Cement worker of the month: Scott Rumfield, Keystone Cement, Bath
Mr. Scott Rumfield was reared in Laurys Station and attended Parkland High School. His first employment was with a company that sealed swimming pools and reservoirs. He was paid $1.25 an hour in 1976.
In 1977 he joined the Lehigh Valley Refractors, a firm that laid heat-resistant bricks in cement kilns, glass plants and power plants.
Scott recalled, “We spent quite a bit of time traveling to jobs in New York, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and wherever the work was. I liked the work removing and installing brick. We worked on some cement kilns with a length of over 500 feet.”
Scott took this skill to the cement industry when he was hired by manager Frank Silfies at the Keystone Cement Co. in 1987.
He said, “I was tired of traveling so I took a pay cut to start my cement career at Keystone. Both my father and brother were formerly Whitehall and Lafarge employees, so I wanted to continue the cement tradition.”
Mr. Rumfield started as a laborer, moving to the pipe gang, burner helper, shift maintenance and shift foreman.
In 2004 he was promoted to supervisor of the shipping department. The department moves thousands of tons of cement each week in both bags and bulk sales. The product is moved by both truck and rail. The unit is manned by eight handy men who ship around the clock. The cement is sold throughout the Northeast.
Scott has seen the transition of the plant from the wet to dry process and the installation of many technological improvements.
He said, “I enjoy working with our employees and customers and have pride in producing a quality product. I appreciate my job and the company, which provides employment for our local residents.”
Mr. Rumfield is a friendly gentleman who is proud of Keystone and our Lehigh Valley cement heritage.
He has been married to the former Donna Clark for 31 years and enjoys family time with sons Scott Jr. and Matthew, daughter Marcie and grandchildren Ava, Elise and Charlotte. The friendly couple resides in Lehigh Township.
We wish Scott and my many friends at Keystone continued success, and I hope to return in the fall to honor another dedicated cement worker.