RD Herbert & Sons Company honored Laurence Marston with a retirement luncheon on March 16, 2010. Attendance included Laurence’s’ wife, Janice, and son, Jonathan, current and retired RD Herbert employees, and representatives from Loftis Steel & Aluminum, Schreiber Foods, and AP Specialties. Classic southern fare was provided by McConnell’s Catering Services.
After high school, Laurence worked at Container Corporation of America as 1st helper on the printing presses. He served in the US Marine Corps. for 3 years including tours in Vietnam. After receiving an honorable discharge with the rank of NCO-E4 on April 15, 1971 he returned to his position as a press helper before joining the sheet metal union. Laurence started with RD Herbert in January 1974 as a sheet metal Apprentice under the supervision of Morris “Red” Shockley. He worked his way through the ranks to Journeyman and eventually to Superintendent/Estimator, a position he held for 16 1/2 years.
Houston Herbert presented Laurence with a plaque recognizing his 36 years of dedication and hard work with the company. Following his official retirement on Friday, Mark Stribling will assume the duties of Sheet Metal Superintendent and Estimating.