Sumner leaves JCI after 40 years
by Hawkins Teague
Oct 04, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
of a very long era for Jesse Sumner. After 40 years of working as a press operator for Johnson Controls, Incorporated, he is finally headed home for good.

After JCI opened in May of 1966, Sumner filled out an application. He started operated the press and turning metal seat frames for Ford, Chevrolet, General Motors, Honda, Nissan and others. He stayed with that job for his entire employment, he said.

Sumner said he never missed a day of work until last year when he had to get a tumor removed and took eight weeks off. Before that, though, he said he was given the perfect attendance award every year.

“There were a lot of days I may have been sick, but I went in and punched my card,” he said.

For most of those years, Sumner arrived at work at six in the morning and worked until 2:30 p.m. About a month ago, the schedule changed to 10-hour shifts four days a week, but Sumner didn’t keep that schedule for long with his impending retirement.

Sumner enjoyed the job and liked seeing how the machines worked, he said. He said enjoyed meeting new people, which he had plenty of opportunities to do over the decades. Normally, he would deal with seven or eight people on a day-to-day basis. His job changed very little over the years.

“Rain or shine, hot or cold, you work every day,” he said.

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