Gary Rhodes, 62, from Leeds was given a special surprise from colleagues at the Wakefield depot of Mobile Mini this week, as he celebrated his 30th anniversary as a container specialist with the company.
Colleagues at the depot on Barnsley Road in Newmillerdam, threw an impromptu party for Gary and presented him with a watch, to mark his Pearl anniversary at the depot.
It was back in May 1985, when ‘Coach Builder’ Gary was looking for a new challenge and answered a job advertisement in his local paper. He’s never looked back since and knows everything there is about storage containers, from building and painting to welding and joinery. He now spends much of his time training and mentoring new recruits at the Wakefield depot.
Gary is the first to admit that it’s his knowledge and passion for containers that has kept him in the same job for the past three decades. Gary commented: “Containers are very much a way of life for me and it is a pleasure coming to work each day and knowing the role inside out. Helping to train new generations and teach them about storage containers is so rewarding and it’s great to see them develop into their new roles.
“Working for the Wakefield depot is very varied and no day is ever the same, with requests from different industries, from construction and retail to education and facilities management. Even though I intend to retire in around four years, I think I’ll miss it too much and may come back part time. Working closely as part of the Wakefield team is also a reason I’m still here – we all get on so well and our passion for the job ensures each job is always completed safely and on time”.
Paul Abbott, Depot Manager at Mobile Mini Wakefield, commented: “Gary’s expertise in our field of containers is a rare thing and his knowledge is really rubbing off on younger members of our team. We wanted to show our appreciation and give Gary a special day to mark his 30th birthday at the Wakefield depot. His special anniversary watch will always remind him of his time with us when he eventually retires.”