Earl Rounds, left, and Marshall Gero will be honored Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Curtis Lumber store in Schroon Lake. The men have each been with the company 40 years.
Marshall Gero has enjoyed his routine for the past 40 years. So has Earl Rounds.
The men will each celebrate 40 years working for Curtis Lumber during a luncheon Thursday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the company’s Schroon Lake store. The public is invited.
“Every morning I put my key in and my truck automatically heads south,” said Gero, who lives in North Hudson. “I don’t even think about it; I just come to work.”
Rounds, a Loon Lake resident, understands.
“I think work is important,” he said. “It’s not just about an income, it’s the way I live. I’ve been fortunate to have this job.”
Gero, now age 65, started working in the Schroon Lake store when it was Drake’s Lumber in November 1972. He stayed when Curtis bought the business in 1989.
Rounds, now age 64, began working at the Curtis Lumber Store in Warrensburg in July 1972 and moved to the company’s Schroon Lake store 15 years ago.
Both enjoy their jobs.
“I like the people — the customers and the people I work with,” Gero said. “People have been very nice over the years.”
“You see a lot of people every day and almost everyone of them is very nice,” Rounds agreed. “The people are real decent.”
The men also appreciate the support of Curtis Lumber management. Throughout their careers there have been no lay offs and no benefit cuts.
“The company has been great,” Gero said. “When Curtis bought the store from Drake’s they took me in and treated me like I had always been a Curtis employee. I appreciate that.”
Gero and Rounds have done virtually every job in the store during their careers. Gero is now a sales associate and Rounds is yard foreman.
“I’ve worked in the (lumber) yard, worked in the store, went back to the yard, I made deliveries driving truck, I was an assistant manager in Warrensburg,” Rounds said. “I’ve done it all.”
Neither man has plans to stop working at the Schroon Lake store, but they both admit retirement is looming.
“I’m just getting worn out,” said Rounds, who has three children and three grandchildren.
“The time is coming,” said Gero, who has two daughter and three grandchildren.
Quiet men, neither understands the fuss over their four decades of service.
“I could do without it,” Rounds said of the Dec. 13 party. “I’m not much for big deals, but it’s nice everyone cares.”
“It makes me feel like I’m still wanted, needed,” Gero said of the upcoming celebration. “I think it’s nice they care enough to honor us. And, it’s always good to be fed.”