Delmas Stephens surpasses 47 years at Hohman Plating!
According to the archive records, Delmas has been at Hohman Plating the second longest of any employee (second ONLY to the 55 year and counting record of Curt Bush). This tenure record is not nearly as impressive as compared to the impressive list of parts that Delmas has processed. Delmas has coated jet engine parts, defense parts, turbine gears, aircraft fasteners, automotive brake fluid covers, refrigerator parts, medical bed parts, boat horn hardware, Harley-Davidson parts, Delta faucet parts, Tiffany lamps, and WWF Championship Belts. On the automotive side, Delmas has plated wire wheels, headlamps reflectors, window frames, bumpers, grills, exhaust manifolds and the list goes on and on.
Delmas started working in the barrel “room” and it was only a room. It occupied half of what is currently the Decorative Chrome Department. The floors were hardwood and very slick from the cleaners and other chemicals. All parts were cleaned in large stainless steel baskets. There were NO hoists. This was a very physically demanding job with a production rate of three barrels per hour, 24 in a shift.
Delmas eventually moved to the Decorative Chrome Department to rack plate difficult parts with Bright Nickel and Chrome. Delmas was also a part of the early Saturday morning maintenance crew in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Delmas worked with legends such as Manuel Gayheart and Ray Mahan.
Delmas officially retired from full-time duty on March 3, 2006. He took a couple of months off and now continues to work part-time as a Specialty Decorative Chrome plating operator, only working on the most difficult commercial automotive and decorative Hardware.
Delmas has been married to his wife Glenda for 45 years. Delmas has 3 grandchildren.
Congratulations to Delmas for his 47 years and still counting.
Thanks for all the great results,