Meet Wayne Elkins
In the fascinating world of industrial repair, machining and fabrication, few names are as respected and admired as that of Wayne Elkins. As we ready ourselves to bid farewell to this esteemed colleague, we reflect on the remarkable legacy he leaves behind after an incredible 37-year journey with our company. From the era of the fax machine to today’s automated engineering processes, Wayne’s career is a testament to his adaptability, dedication, and pursuit of excellence.
Connecting with Our Company
When a service shop serving the coal industry closed its doors, a twist of fate led Wayne to our company. Thanks to his professional connection with Richard Craddock, who managed our hydraulic department at that time, Wayne joined our team in sales – a field he had yet to explore. This significant step marked the beginning of Wayne’s illustrious career with us.
Career Evolution and Contributions
Though Wayne started in sales, his role quickly transcended those confines. His problem-solving skills, technical expertise, and engineering prowess shone through, making him a lynchpin of our operations. Throughout his career, Wayne’s impact touched various industries, including chemical, coal, hydraulics, machine shops, and food, with a particular emphasis on the coal industry.
Character and Work Ethic
Wayne’s colleagues will always remember him for his directness and honesty. He is a man who doesn’t mince words but makes sure his messages, even the tough ones, are clear and truthful. But it’s his humility that adds a layer of respect to his persona. If he errs, he’s the first to admit it, exemplifying a character of exceptional integrity.
Another testament to his work ethic is the extraordinary care he took of his company truck. Even after clocking hundreds of thousands of miles on the road, he ensured his vehicle remained in excellent condition, reflecting his meticulousness and responsibility.
Wayne is a dedicated family man. He and Cindy, his high school sweetheart, share a lifetime of love and commitment. They have a daughter who has followed a career path of service, becoming a doctor in Columbus. His deep bond with his family mirrors his loyalty and dedication that we’ve witnessed in his professional life.
Community Involvement and Personal Interests
Beyond the confines of our company, Wayne has been an active contributor to his community. He and Cindy were pillars of the Awana youth ministry for their local church for many years. He also plays a crucial role in their annual Easter play, reflecting his commitment to his faith and community.
On the lighter side, Wayne is a true outdoors enthusiast, with a love for jeeps, Land Rovers, and trout fishing. These hobbies offer a glimpse into his life beyond work, where he relishes the thrill of the ride and the serenity of nature.
Legacy and Farewell
As we prepare for Wayne’s departure, we acknowledge the significant void his retirement will leave. His colleagues see him as more than just a coworker; he’s a close friend, a mentor, and a guiding light. His dedication, integrity, and expert knowledge have significantly shaped our company’s success story. Wayne Elkins will indeed be missed, but his legacy will continue to inspire.
Wayne’s career at our company serves as a blueprint for commitment, innovation, and steadfastness. As we say goodbye, we’re reminded of the profound impact a single individual can have on an organization. Wayne, your journey has been a beacon for us all. As we continue to grow and innovate, your contributions will always remain a vital part of our history. From all of us here, we wish you a joyous and restful retirement. You’ve earned it.