Brian Russell has retired after a 44-year career with Airedale Springs in Haworth, West Yorkshire. Brian, of Oxenhope, joined the company as a charge hand instructor in 1969, becoming chief instructor a year later with overall responsibility for the training of the company's apprentices.
In 1978, he was promoted to training superintendent and in 1980 his role was extended to cover the supervision of the heavy spring-making department.
In 1983, Brian reverted to having sole responsibility for company training and three years later, while still maintaining an overview on training issues, his primary role was meeting the needs of Airedale Springs' smaller customers through his work in the custom spring department.
Chairman Tim Parkinson said Brian was regularly praised by customers for the personal service he provided and the way he always went that extra mile.
He commented: "Brian is a unique character. He trained the majority of our current staff and many others who over the years have gone on to work in other companies within the area. While he has retired after 44 years of dedicated service, he will certainly never stop being part of the Airedale Springs family."
The company, which last year moved into a new purpose built factory off Bridgehouse Lane, completing a £3.5m investment, is renowned for longevity of service among its workforce.
Since Airedale Springs was founded 68 years ago, a total of 44 employees have completed 25 years of continuous service and been welcomed into the company's 25-year club. Half of the current 32 employees are members of this exclusive club.
Brian Russell is pictured standing centre with
colleagues at Airedale Springs.
Brian Russell, right, receives a parting gift from
Airedale Springs' commercial director Sean Parkinson.