LINCOLN, Neb.—Sally "Monia" Edwards started her employment at the large automotive hose and belt plant, then owned by Goodyear, Sept. 18, 1967, when she was 18. Now, she celebrates a milestone 50th anniversary at the facility, which has been owned by ContiTech A.G. since 2015.
"All the people I have worked with are like family," she said in a statement. "All the good and the bad we share it together."
For her first 21 years at the facility, she worked in hose final, inspecting and packaging hoses, lot release and in laminated cut edge. During that time, she became a union steward, secretary and a policy committee member. She became the plant's union pension and insurance representative in 1988, and is still working in the same role. She helped negotiate contracts from 1993 to 2003.
Sally has two sons, four granddaughters, three great-grandchildren, two dogs and a cat. She said she loves spending time with her family and her pets.
"Over the years, Sally has worked with and mentored many associates, not only in Lincoln, but in other Continental locations as well," Travis McFarland, human relations manager at the plant, said in a statement. "We are very grateful for all the years of dedication Sally has given us."