HAWARDEN—Russ Ruhland is retiring after 41 years working with L.G. Everist Inc. in Hawarden.
“This was never meant to be a career,” said Rulhand, 64, plant manage of the Hawarden location.
A retirement celebration is set for 5-8 p.m. Saturday Nov. 9, at the Eagles Club in Hawarden.
“It’s a great company, it really is,” Ruhland said. “When I started, it was a job, a way to put food on the table. Now, all of a sudden, boom here we are. It has flown by.”
Ruhland began working at L.G. Everist in March of 1978. He began as a welder and repaired railroad cars. While his position with the company has changed several times, Ruhland said the biggest change throughout the years have been the people and their work ethics.
“We used to work six days a week, now we go to five and a half,” he said. “We still have our dedicated Saturday crew, but it has changed — not just L.G.”
Ruhland said his hard work ethic placed him in the position to be plant manager starting April 1, 1995. He hangs up his hard hat with that title.
“I’ve made several friendships,” Ruhland said. “We have wonderful customers who will remain that way and this company, I hope, continues to be great.”
Ruhland is a 1973 West Sioux High School graduation. He attended Sioux Empire College, a community college formerly located in Hawarden, utilizing the GI Bill because of his years with the U.S. Air Force.
Ruhland has one daughter, Tara. She and her husband, Mario, live in Hawarden and have three children; Maddux, 10, Lucia, 8, and Everly, 4.
“My dad told me once, years ago, that he was down to 17 dollars in his checking account,” Ramos said. “He vowed to never let that happen again — and he didn’t. He’s worked hard his entire life and he deserves this more than anyone I know.”
Retirement will allow Ruhland time to enjoy his granchildren and he looks forward to being able to attend more of their activities.