Hank Libby, who is 90. Fellow employees say he outworks them.
Not only is Hank Libby 90 years old and working full-time, five-and-a-half days a week, but he’s worked at the same company for 65 years.
Go to Maschmeyer Concrete and you’ll see him fixing forklifts or whatever heavy machinery needs attention. Until a few years ago, you could see him climbing on top of 62-foot-tall silos to fix things.
“Finally I told Hank, ‘you probably shouldn’t climb anymore,’ ” said company president Troy Maschmeyer Jr., whose father hired Hank five years before Troy was born.
Libby, a Korean War veteran, hails from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. His grandfather owned sawmills and farms and Hank’s father also was a farmer, in Sault Ste. Marie, on the Canadian border.
Troy’s father, Troy Maschmeyer Sr., was a builder in that area. Sr. came looking for equipment at a company where Libby worked and was impressed with the young man’s knowledge of machinery.
As the story goes, Maschmeyer offered Libby a job, but Libby replied, ’Sir, as long as this man I work for has a job for me, I’m loyal and I’m going to work for him.”