Contact: Mike Kruse
Heidtman Steel Products, Inc.
Vice President, Marketing and Sales Administration
Heidtman Employees Honored at Service Awards Dinner
The Heidtman Steel awards dinner was held June 12, 2013
at the Toledo Club in downtown Toledo. The dinner honored
northern region employees with 20 or more years’ tenure.
A western region service awards dinner was held earlier in the year.
Individual awards are given for every five-year anniversary,
starting with 20 years of service (attained in the previous
fiscal year). Twelve people were honored for celebrating
20 years with the company. Three people celebrated 25 years
of service, with another 3 people attaining 30 years.
One person met the milestone of 40 years of service.
The evening culminated with the tables being turned on CEO John C. Bates, Sr.
At the end of the award presentations, he was asked to take a seat while he was
honored for his 50th anniversary with the company. He was then presented with
the Allan W. Bates Lifetime Achievement Award, an award that he had initiated
for longevity and service to the company. John’s award was presented by
President Tim Berra and CFO Mark Ridenour.
Traditionally, this award comes with a celebrity style roast and then a presentation
highlighting one’s contributions to the company. John was no exception. Not only
was John celebrating 50 years with the company, but he is also celebrating his 70th
birthday this summer. A video presentation was shown, with a "James Bond" theme
that depicted John as "Agent 5070." The video first roasted him, then paid tribute
to his accomplishments, vision, and leadership over 50 years with Heidtman Steel
and 70 years of life.
In accepting his award, John elaborated on how blessed and humbled he
was to be surrounded by the best people in the industry, and that he
considered all Heidtman Steel employees as his family. He further
told of how much he still enjoys working in the steel industry, to
such an extent that he even gets speeding tickets on his way to work
in the morning. John ended his comments with an invitation for all
employees to join him in 50 years when he celebrates his 100th
anniversary with the company.