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March 31, 2013

Wrapping up 60 years’ work

Russell ‘Ike’ Gordon retiring after six decades at Matthew-Warren.

LOGANSPORT — After 60 years at MW Industries, known locally as Matthew-Warren, Russell “Ike” Gordon is retiring.

“I never figured I’d stay 60 years,” Gordon said. “I know I’m going to miss it but that’s life. I have to go on.”

Gordon, who has lived in Logansport his entire life, is retiring from his position in inspection. He was hired at MWI March 31, 1953, making today his 60th year of work. He plans to retire Friday, April 5.

Gordon, who will be 83 years old in June, said the biggest change has been the people. He said several people have retired and passed away, making changes in the company.           

“I’ve seen a lot of change during the 60 years,” Gordon said. “I’ve seen the older guys who made the factory when there were 450 people here.”

Gordon said there is a night and day difference at times, but he has no regrets.

The plant makes springs, specialty fasteners and other precision components for customers in the automotive sector as well as other industries.

Gordon has had several different jobs at MWI. Gordon said when he first started he worked in the blue room, heating springs. He also spent time driving a fork truck in the plant. His favorite position at work, which he has had for 18 or more years, has been as an inspector, Gordon said.

Gordon said he has enjoyed the work. It’s been fun and his co-workers have been nice.

“My wife says it’s time for me to retire,” Gordon said, laughing. “I’m the oldest at work.”

Gordon’s wife, Betty, said she is happy he is retiring.

“A lot of people say ‘60 years, how can you do that’ to him,” Betty said. “He’s seen a lot of change through his time working.”

Gordon said he plans to follow his wife and volunteer. The couple have been married for 63 years in November.

Betty volunteers at Miller’s Merry Manor and Gordon wants to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. He has volunteered for Habitat before, helping build three new houses.

Together, Gordon and his wife have been to 35 different church work camps in different locations including New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kentucky. Gordon said they took several vacations to help build houses and schools at different camps.

“We’ve had a lot of fun,” Gordon said. “We’ve been

able to see a lot of country

that way.”

Gordon said he also is looking forward to spending time with family. He and his wife have two sons, Terry and his wife, Linda, and Ron and his wife, Kat. They also have six grandchildren: Kim Gordon, Chicago; Kelly Gordon, Kokomo; PJ Gordon, Kokomo; Jessica Peroni, Logansport; Jessica Kerns, New York; Kassie Kerns, Maryland; and one great-grandson, Mason Peroni.

Amie Sites is the community news editor for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at amie.sites@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150.

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