It’s 2018 and we are starting something new here at BWS. Each month, we will shine the spotlight on a member of our team and tell you a little bit about them. After all, where would we be without our employees?
This January, we want to focus on a long-time employee who is now head of Research & Development for BWS: Larry Berry. Larry’s spotlight this month follows his acceptance of a Twenty Year Service Award in December – no small feat!
Larry first began working at BWS in 1984 for its original owner and founder, Burney MacDougall. His first position was in the Machine Shop. Larry amusingly recalls Burney approaching him one day in the shop to assist with a welding project, but after seeing Larry’s welding skills, told him to stick to machinery. Despite this humorous encounter, Larry went on to become welding supervisor following a period working in the Parts Department. After a short time away, he returned to BWS in 1995 to work on the trailer line.
Since that time, Larry has filled many different roles at BWS and displayed a wide range of skill sets. Consequently, most of the people here would label him a “jack of all trades.” When discussing his vast experience working for this company, Larry says he enjoys the challenge of working across all the departments as it keeps him motivated. Training others and creating new designs are also aspects of his job that he relishes.
More than anything, Larry appreciates the fact that employees can grow here if they choose to. In his words, he believes BWS “has been good for the community” as it encourages growth for its team members. As a third generation company, Larry also enjoys the family atmosphere in the workplace.
With twenty years under his belt, Larry has shown that intelligence, kindness and hard work go a long way in the work force. BWS thanks you for your service!