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March 16, 2014

Johnson Controls' family reunites 8 years after shut-down

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She said she couldn’t go in to work on her last day.

“All I would have done was cry all day,” Kimlick said. “When you work with people so long, you become attached to them. My job was scheduling for production in the shop and I worked with people on the floor. It was a good place to work.”

And Lucille Gunn worked at the plant for 25 years.

The 92-year-old said she cut noodles with a knife and was known as the “noodle lady.”

“It was a nice, clean place to work. We had a lot of fun,” Gunn said. “I was there a long time. I don’t know a lot of people (today) and some are gone that I worked with. I had some pretty good friendships.”

Patt Huff invited her friend and former co-worker, Karen Sue Forrest, to the reunion.

The pair have remained friends since the closing of the plant.

“It was so sad. I met some of my lifelong friends there. I will never forget them. I will cherish them,” Huff said, smiling. “I’m excited to be here today. I spent a lot of years there and have a lot of memories. We were there at the tail end and permanently laid-off. They sent our jobs overseas. It became an economical issue but we cared about each other and we were like a family.”

 

 

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