U.S. Gypsum celebrates 100 years

May 25, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL

Staff Writer

Dateline: Plaster City

The local U.S. Gypsum plant has a lot of employee and family loyalty and that loyalty is what helps make the plant successful.

U.S. Gypsum's Plaster City plant rewarded its employees Friday with a carne asada barbecue as the company celebrated its 100th birthday.

The Plaster City plant has a majority of long-term employees, sometimes several generations in one family. Employees say that's because the company treats them well.


"When I came here, I said I was going to work here only one year. I thought it was too far to drive from my home in Calexico and I would get too much dust on my clothes," mill department foreman Raul Gutierrez said.

That was 14 years ago.

Gutierrez said he realized USG was "a good place to stay and retire from."

But he only had to ask his father to find out. Raul's father John Gutierrez, also of Calexico, worked at the plant for 42 years before retiring.

Brawley resident Danny Mendoza agrees with Gutierrez. Mendoza is an administrative assistant at the plant, where he's worked for 33 years.

Mendoza's worked in a number of positions. The 56-year-old started as a draftsman and held a number of foreman positions before he took the administrative position where he says he does "a little bit of everything."

He says the company provides stable employment and good benefits. He and his wife, Lola, who has worked at the plant for 25 years, helped cook the 275 pounds of carne asada for Friday's barbecue.

Plant Manager Bill Castrey

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