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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
CONTRIBUTED PHOTOHarold S. Balliet CONTRIBUTED PHOTOHarold S. Balliet

CEMENT WORKER OF THE MONTH

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Harold S. Balliet

Mr. Harold Balliet was reared in Coplay, graduating from Whitehall High School in 1984. A co-op student, he worked at Laneco, where his mother, Grace, was the deli manager. His wage was $4 an hour.

Upon graduation, he worked for a number of food distributors. Harold later worked for Eastern Industries, where he learned to operate quarry equipment.

His cement career started at Essroc, now Lehigh Heidelberg, in 1993.

Harold recalls, “I was hired by labor foreman Rick Gaston and soon was assigned to the quarry, where I could use my equipment skills.”

After the quarry, he was promoted to shift technician and completed electrical courses at Northampton Community College.

Harold said, “My father, Edward, was proficient in many trades. I learned the basics of electrical work from him. Two old-timers who shared their expertise with me were Harry Mertz and Richard Croll.”

Today, Mr. Balliet is an instrument technician. He is part of a nine-member electrical team. They work on maintaining a wide array of technical electrical equipment ranging from PLCs to motor controls. Each morning, a safety meeting is held to update the team on various safety issues. Safety is a priority at the plant. The group is supervised by Jarrett Hahn and Mike Zonka.

Harold said, “Each day, we face different challenges. We are always learning, as there have been many changes, so we constantly have to upgrade equipment. We have a great group of men who work together. I enjoy working in a cement plant and would not want to work anywhere else.”

Mr. Balliet is a friendly, dedicated cement worker with a strong work ethic. His uncle and cousins have all worked in the industry.

In his spare time, Harold enjoys hunting and fishing and watching the Dallas Cowboys. He resides in Allen Township.

We wish continued success to Mr. Balliet and all our friends at the Nazareth plant.