Catasauqua Press

Friday, September 22, 2017
Mike Newhall Mike Newhall

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Mike P. Newhall Keystone Cement Co.

Mr. Mike Newhall graduated from Liberty High School in 1975.

He recalled, “I especially enjoyed a new course as computers became part of the curriculum.”

The young graduate started at Keystone Cement Company in the laboratory as summer help.

He said, “I worked with Al Brobst and Ernie Jacoby, old-timers who taught me laboratory procedures.”

This led to a full-time position in 1978.

As a mix chemist later, he progressed to assistant physical tester. In 1988, Mike was promoted to physical tester.

“We conduct numerous tests, determining the strength and quality of our cement,” he said. “We produce seven different types of cement, Type 1 Portland Cement being our major product.”

The lab follows the bible of cement testing, the ASTM manual, which lists all procedures followed in the cement industry. In addition to Mike, the lab staff is a very knowledgeable and productive team, with Jamie Messler, Kim Kurdis, Larry Wilt, Russ Harris, Stephen Godshalk and Gail Schlichtingl.

“It’s a joy to work with these people,” Mike said. “In my 38 years, I have seen many people come and go. Our team is composed of many fine people whose goal is to produce a quality product for our customers.”

Over time, he has conducted thousands of tests and has adapted to various test changes. Results are listed on a database. Each month, he forwards reports to the transportation departments in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and Ohio, where much of Keystone Cement is sold. Mike remains optimistic on cement’s future.

He is married to the former Analita Manabat and is proud of daughter Kim and son Shane. The friendly couple resides in Bath.

Mr. Newhall has seen many changes in the industry and is a friendly gentleman. He is a dedicated and humble cement worker.

We wish Mr. Newhall and all my friends at Keystone a safe and productive year.