Sunderland workers rewarded for century of loyalty between them

Long serving Grundfos staff Gail Conifey and Wilson Hunter
Long serving Grundfos staff Gail Conifey and Wilson Hunter
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LONG-SERVING workers at one of Sunderland’s largest employers have been rewarded for a century of loyalty between them.

The four workers have each served 25 years at the Castletown site of Grundfos, the world’s largest pump manufacturer, which employs nearly 200 people in the city.

Production operators Gail Conifey, 44, of Red House, Tracy Smith, 45, of Town End Farm and Jan Lindsay, 55, of Castletown, joined Wilson Hunter, 56, of Grindon in marking their quarter centuries of service to the company, which moved its base to Castletown from Washington in the 1980s.

Each was presented with champagne, as well as getting a month’s salary, a day’s holiday and a silver tie-pin.

Gail, married to Mark and the mother of two children, said she has stayed so long because she’d always enjoyed her job: “It’s a good company to work for and they look after you properly. It’s always been a very friendly workforce, everyone around you is chatty and supportive.”

Wilson, married to Pat, had worked at several other places before starting with Grundfos.

He said: “When I first came to Grundfos, I only wanted a temporary contract because I had a holiday coming up – but I’m still here 25 years later, and happy to be so.”