Warm fall drives on back country roads. A favorite leisure activity of ORX Quality Assurance Director, Lee Barrington. As we developed the 2nd ad in the employee-focused, lifestyle campaign, we asked Lee a series of questions about his work and his life.
This campaign is to capture the stories of the awesome, simple pleasure lifestyles of the dedicated team members and how these lifestyles mend with the quality of work brought to ORX. Lee’s responses are impressive and achievements admirable. They accompany the final product so well that we just had to share them together…
Your currently serve as Quality Assurance Director at ORX. What does that mean?
Being Quality Assurance Director entails seeing that ORX products meet customers’ requirements by deciphering applicable codes, standards, laws, etc. and assuring that ORX can and does meet them. I manage the quality program to achieve and maintain Association of American Railroads Quality Certification.
How long have you worked for ORX?
What have been the highlights of your career?
I Worked in a Cast Iron Foundry part-time while in college and became interested in metallurgy. As a result, I enrolled in metallurgy engineering courses. I graduated with a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from University of KS in 1962 and an MBA from University of MO in 1970. I have been a registered professional engineer since 1977, and began working in 1962 in a sheet steel plant in Middletown, OH as a Jr. Metallurgist. Then I transferred to a merchant steel products plant in KC, MO in 1964 as a Metallurgist. I was promoted to Sr. Metallurgist in 1969 to head up special plant projects and failure analysis group. I transferred to Houston, TX Stainless Steel Tubing plant in 1979 as Supervising QA Engineer. In 1982 I transferred to an Oil Field Equipment Manufacturing plant in San Marcos, TX as Quality Assurance Manager. Was promoted in 1991 to Director – Quality Assurance for the division of 5000 total employees, reporting to the President of the Oil Field Equipment division which was spun off as a separate subsidiary – I remained the Director – Quality Assurance. This subsidiary became a standalone company in 1994 where I again was the Director – Quality Assurance. I was disenchanted with the ups and downs of the business and interested in a change. My son was operating a “head hunter” business and put my resume on Monster.com without my knowledge – Glenn saw it and 3 months later I was in Tipton, PA.
How long have you been married to the lady in the car with you? Tell us a little about her.
54.4 years. Love of my life since I was 18 and she was 17. Prior to our marriage she was a professional tap & ballet dancer. After some college she was a stay at home mom for our 3 living children and ran a day care simultaneously. After they were grown she managed an Orthodontist’s office and later an Oral Surgery office until she retired in 1995. Now she has a full time job looking after me.
And your family? That’s a whole different kind of longevity…but equally relevant to your life within ORX, yes?
YES. My wife and I had four children. Our third child passed away as an infant at six months of age. Our three living children and their spouses have produced 12 grandchildren. Seven of our grandchildren are married. They and their spouses have produced 10 great grandchildren. With five grandchildren still unmarried, we are sure more great grandchildren are in our future. At the present time there are 37 members of our large family and still counting!
What do you like best about living in Central PA/Tipton area?
We both love the climate (4 seasons, I love snow), the quiet country living, the spectacular scenery close to us, the 1.5 miles to work, the friends we have here and the low cost of living.
What do you like best about working for ORX?
The lack of Houston traffic! The limited travel I must do. My fellow workers. Glenn’s trust in my abilities. The cutting edge manufacturing at ORX. ORX’s interesting product lines. Getting to interact with customers all over the world without having to travel. And usually learning something new every day.
How does one support the other? Is there something special about living and working where you do that others could only dream of?
We live in a scenic area that others have to travel to see. We feel like we are in a vacation spot 365 days a year without the cost. And work close enough to go home for lunch every day! Country living with small town convenience. And a perfect job position without the big corporate hassle.
The picture of you two driving in the convertible used in the ad. What does it say to you about the power of living a good life?
Driving along the back roads of Central Pennsylvania with the top down. This has been a way for us to turn back time to our younger years, forget that time has passed.
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