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Friday, October 2nd, 2015 marked an important date for all of us at Superior Glove: a celebration of one of our most beloved employees, and the beginning of her retirement.
Rita Morgan started working at Superior Glove on September 4th, 1969. She was a young newlywed hailing from Newfoundland who had recently moved to Ontario with her husband, and their two-year-old daughter. Her husband’s uncle, Elmer Andrews – who, at the time, fixed the sewing machines and helped tan the leather in the back of the plant – suggested she apply. After Frank Geng, the Founder of Superior Glove, interviewed her, Rita asked him when he would like her to start, and he eagerly answered, “right away.” “Back then I thought I would have only stayed for about a year or so,” Rita laughed.
Throughout the next 46 years, Rita held a variety of different positions at Superior Glove. She began working in the Packing department in 1969, when the company only had about 25-30 employees. Next, she moved on to turning on and operating the 650 sewing machines.
Frank’s wife, Vilma, was the one who taught her the sewing techniques, and warned Rita how difficult the work could be. “It was tough work on the 650s,” Rita reminisced. “But I told Vilma I would prove to her I could do it.” Rita’s diligence paid off. Soon after, Frank himself then taught Rita how to fix the needles on the machines when they broke down.
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Rita noted that she learned a lot working with ‘the Glovefather’ himself. “Frank was an inspiration to me,” Rita said. “He would always go to work, and would never ask his employees to do something that he couldn’t do himself. I admired that about him.”
After mastering the 650s, Rita also worked in various other departments throughout the company – including Embroidering, Stamping, and Welding Apparel – and worked in the Courier department for the last decade. Rita was such a valued employee that she was even entrusted with the task of helping train new employees at the Point Leamington, NL plant when it first opened.
“There were only about three or four people working there at the time,” Rita reminisced. “We used to work out of rooms in the old post office and fire station in town before the plant was built.”
Nowadays, as an internationally renowned work glove distributor with over 200 employees, Superior Glove has grown and changed a lot from when Rita first started.
When asked about some of her favorite memories from the many years she spent at Superior, in addition to mentioning how much she enjoyed attending the yearly company holiday parties and summer barbecues, Rita remarked that every day she spent working at Superior was a great one:
“I have had ups and down here, but I always liked coming to work every day. I enjoyed going to work. I never once dreaded going. I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to work, and I’m going to do it right.’”
Rita will be remembered not only for her delicious baked goods, but for her commitment to always doing her best and taking pride in her work as well. When asked to pass on a few words of wisdom to new employees, Rita advised, “Do your job, and do it well, and you’ll be rewarded!”
You are an inspiration to all of your coworkers. We will always remember your unparalleled work ethic, and hope you will come back to visit your family at Superior Glove very soon!
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