"Accept folks as they are, help new people learn the job and work together as a team to help each other."
HE&R’s Most Tenured Employee is….
At Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) we have a historic tradition of honoring team members who have devoted 25 years of service to the company. One such individual has earned this distinction two times over, making him the longest tenured employee at HE&R. Glenn Wagner, Laundry Production at Hershey Laundry & Dry Cleaning has been a valued team member for 53 years. Even more astonishing? In all those years Glenn has only been absent one day! A lot has changed with laundry production throughout his 53 years, but the one thing that has remained constant is Glenn’s ongoing loyalty. I had the chance to talk to Glenn about his more than half a century length of employment with the company.
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Q) Tell us about your career. Where did you go to school? What was your career path prior to joining Hershey?
A) I went to Lower Dauphin High School. I did not have a career path prior to joining Hershey. I was actually hired one week prior to graduating high school. My mother took me for a job interview at the laundry and the rest is history.
Q) Walk us through your career so far at Hershey.
A) I have been working at Hershey Laundry & Dry Cleaning for 53 years and plan on working here until I’m no longer able to do so.
Q) Why did you choose to work for Hershey?
A) HE&R is a really good place to work.
Q) What's your biggest accomplishment since joining the Hershey team?
A) Being at the same job all these years.
Q) What's your favorite ride at Hersheypark?
A) I don’t really like rides anymore. When I was younger and some of my favorites were the Himalaya, Antique Cars and Planes.
Q) What's the most rewarding aspect of your job?
A) I enjoy my job, the people I work with and the hours.
Q) What advice would you give someone interested in a career in commercial laundry?
A) Accept folks as they are, help new people learn the job and work together as a team to help each other.
Q) What's the best perk of your job?
A) I like going to the events at Hershey, especially wrestling events and Hershey Bears games. I am a Hershey Bears season ticket holder and for my 50 years of service with HE&R I received a personalized jersey which was really special.
Q) What does a typical day consist of?
A) I start at 5 am and my jobs consists of laying up tablecloths for the irons to process, taking care of the dryers and moving goods to the proper areas for processing. I’m always busy so the day goes quick.
Q) Tell us something folks might not know about you.
A) My family consists of six brothers and 3 sisters. I keep myself active and am always attending sporting events throughout Hershey and other areas. I’m also very active in my church.
We received this fun tidbit from one of Glenn’s colleagues: Glenn was the soil sort team when I started in 1992. A one man sorting machine. He sorted and weighed the incoming soiled linens and prepped them for the wash aisle techs to process. Today, we have a team of four to five employees who do the job of what Glenn did back then. He is an amazing employee even now in his “Golden years”, still working as hard and strong as he did in the early years.