Cement Worker of the Month
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local NewsKevin Toth
Mr. Kevin Toth was reared in Nesquehoning, graduating from Panther Valley High School in 1984, where he was a member of the wrestling team. He learned the cobbler trade from his brother and became skilled in shoe repair, working in their shops in Lansford and managing the Lehighton Plaza location. When the business closed, he was employed by J.E. Morgan Knitting in Hometown.
Kevin started his cement career at Lafarge Cement Company in 1997, starting on the tire deck, where 400,000 tires are used each year as fuel, saving them from landfill disposal. He was assigned to the maintenance gang in 2000.
“Old-timers Larry Broamich Sr., Oliver Derhammer and Larry Kresge shared many of their ideas with me,” he said. “They are all fine men.”
The maintenance gang today is supervised by Tim Jany and consists of 10 skilled employees.
“If it breaks, we repair it — everything from plumbing to fabrication to installation,” he said. “There are new challenges each day, and it takes all departments working together to operate the plant efficiently and safely.”
Safety is a big factor.
“There are monthly meetings and daily ‘tool box talks,’ preparing us for the day’s schedule,” he said.
He enjoys working with all his co-oworkers.
“There is a cooperative spirit,” he said. “You can’t do it by yourself. We work together as a team.”
Kevin has been married to the former Ronda Schew for 22 years. They are extremely proud of daughters Kayla, Cassie and Olivia. Mr. Toth spent many years helping coach his girls in softball at Northern Lehigh School District. The family resides in Slatington.
Mr. Toth is an amiable gentleman, a family man and a dedicated cement worker.
We wish continued success and a safe 2017 to him and all my friends at the century-old cement plant in Cementon, the oldest operating plant in the Lehigh Valley.