Catasauqua Press

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Contributed photoJudy Fiori Contributed photoJudy Fiori

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by Ed Pany Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Judy Fiori

Mrs. Fiori was born in Lock Haven. The family later moved to Skippack, where she attended and graduated from Perkiomen Valley High School in 1971. Answering a newspaper ad, Judy was hired at the Keystone sales office in King of Prussia as a secretary clerk at a salary of $7,000. Keystone later had an office in Allentown before moving to Airport Road in East Allen Township.

Judy recalled, “Our office had 15 employees, and we were responsible for all cement sales. Our president was Gary Pechota, and vice president for sales was Bob Aichele.”

Mrs. Fiori has seen Keystone ownership change to a Spanish company and the current owner, Elementia of Mexico.

Today, Judy is the company sales and marketing administrator. Keystone orders flow through the corporate office in Harleyville, S.C. She works closely with Mike Greto, logistics director, and a sales team of Carmin Attanasio, Thord Person, Aaron Leighow and Steve Dozor — all fine men.

Mrs. Fiori said, “We are proud to serve customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut and Ohio. We have supplied cement to many projects, including the World Trade Center, Freedom Tower and the Panama Canal.

“With the advent of the computer, I am able to complete much of my work in my Montgomery County home,” she said.

Mrs. Fiori has a remarkable cement career. She is the company’s senior employee, with 48 years of dedicated service. Judy is a refined professional with a friendly demeanor, which has enabled her work with many customers.

I asked her to reflect on her career. She replied with emotion: “I have enjoyed working with many fine people but am sad to see the possible sale of the company.”

It was an honor to speak to Judy and listen to her company experiences.

She has been married for 46 years. Bob, her husband, has had a long career in television production. She spends her leisure time reading and sewing. The friendly couple resides in Schwenksville, Montgomery County.

We wish Mrs. Fiori and all our friends at Keystone continued success and a bright future.