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Staying at one company for many years may not be common for younger generations, but it’s certainly not the case for seasoned employees who have started their careers many years ago and have shown tremendous loyalty to their companies. At Hitachi ABB Power Grids, we can proudly say that we have a number of employees who have shown their commitment and dedication to our company for 20, 30, 40 and even more than 50 years.
One of such employees is George Borst, a Senior Electrical Design Engineer, who has just retired on June 30, 2020 from our Crystal Springs transformer factory after 56 years of service at ABB and now Hitachi ABB Power Grids at the age of 85! Wow!
A lot has changed for George over the past 56 years. He has seen technology improve, processes change, and people come and go. One thing that has remained the same over the last 5 ½ decades is George’s commitment and dedication to the company’s success by demonstrating amazing work ethic.
Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, he and his late wife Gloria Ann moved to Crystal Springs, Mississippi in December of 1962.
George had enlisted in the U.S. Airforce from January 14, 1955 until June 13, 1963. He decided to continue his service to the nation and enlisted in the Mississippi National Guard on February 2, 1974 and retired after serving honorably in 1995 at the age 60.
George has honed his technology experience over the years. He worked for Burroughs Corporation as a Computer Data Processor Technician and was sent to Crystal Springs under government contract to help install the Burroughs Data Processor at the U.S. Airforce Radar Base, which is now the Mississippi Job Corps Center located on Harmony Road. Upon completion of the installation of the data processor and government contract, his work was complete at the Radar Base and had to find another job.
George then started as a Design Engineer at Kuhlman Electric on June 19, 1964 and later became an ABB employee after ABB acquired Kuhlman Electric in 2008. His work revolved around the complex task of designing transformers, which are vital equipment for distributing electricity through the nation’s power grids to homes and businesses.
To this day, the transformers manufactured at Crystal Springs are some of the best in the world, but the people there are even better. And that’s how someone can come to work every day and become part of a team that truly makes a difference in the world.
George, a man of few words, proudly said, “It has been a pleasure to work for 56 years with a family of such good friends.”
Congratulations, George! Thank you for your service to our country and for the 56 years of dedication to help our nation’s power grids keep the lights on!