Hawker Beechcraft Honors 61-Year Employee

By: Associated Press - Posted by Suzie Gilbert
By: Associated Press - Posted by Suzie Gilbert

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Hawker Beechcraft has honored its longest-serving employee, who started working at the company's Wichita's plant when Harry Truman was president.

Marvin Abbott retired from Hawker Beechcraft Friday after 61 years with the company. He turns 80 in November.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/M8PAHe ) that Abbott started on the factory floor in 1951 pushing a hand truck for less than a dollar an hour. Over the years, Abbott rose into management ranks, where he stayed 37 years. Then as Beech was bought by Raytheon and sold again and renamed Hawker Beechcraft, Abbott moved to a stockroom job.

Matt Martin, vice president at Hawker Beechcraft Defense Co., said at the reception that Abbott is the kind of guy who if he ever won the lottery he'd still show up for work.

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