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 i i i i i = iii:iiii:ilili!iiiiiiiiiiiii!izii:i!:::!::::: iii Your r i!ii!i;!i Care ,v You need a tangible plan for today and tomorrow No matter where you're starting from, we will provide a tangible plan to help you protect what you have today and plarT for the future. Larry D. Medaris LUTCF 316 S. Washington - Mr. Pulaski 792-3778 0810.506H0 FINANCIAL www.eoantryflnanel.oom Storag.e ?92-394? Mt. Pulaski Storage Space Available 500 S. Garden St. JOHNSON SIU School of Medicine MT. PULASKI CLINIC 509 E Chestnut Phone 792-3442 Cara Gravlin Nurse Practitioner START RIGHT. START HERE." HARDWARE & GARDENS By Mike Lakin It's no longer as common as it once was. When someone started a job and stayed at it for decades. Eddie Combs of Mt. Pulaski is one of those people though. In March of 196o Eddie was offered the ::::! opportunity to inter- view with Culligan in Mt. Pulaski. Eddie was a 2o-year-old working at the old Hoblitt Seed Co. in Atlanta. At Hoblitt, Eddie was working the production line for a crabgrass killer chemical. When asked if he'd be interested working at Culligan, it was a prompt yes! Eddie says back in those days there were few safety standards. The fumes from the crabgrass chemical were so intense that workers on the production line would pass out. Even in the winter, the doors were kept wide open so workers would not be overcome from the fumes. So, when asked if he'd like to work for Culligan, he accepted. Eddie's first job at Culligan was delivering, and picking up, the old big and heavy exchange tanks. After several years, Eddie was hired at the Culligan dealer in Lincoln. With years of experi- ence he soon was working for the current Culligan dealer, Joel and Deanna Jacobs. Eddie says that over the fifty years he has worked for Culli- gan the company has of course grown. But, also, the product line has changed. The core busi- ness - soft water products - is still a mainstay of the company. Handling hard wafer problems is the business most people are acquainted with. But Eddie has, over the years, has also be-involved with Culli- gan's residential product line, its commercial line, and its indus- trial products. He has worked on products used by the former Lehn & Fink and the Eaton Cor- poration- both Lincoln busi- nesses. Eddie also was trained for other products. When Culligan worked with Kraft Foods to create salad dressings - Eddie was there. When Culligan worked with the Nestle Cor- poration on a chocolate drink - Eddie was there. When Cul- ligan worked with a Jacksonville Company that used to make CDs that needed pure water in its production .- Eddie was there. When Culligan worked with area hospitals when they started working in kidney dialysis - Eddie was there. When Cul- ligan worked with the Illinois Department of Corrections at Several area prisons - Eddie' was there. And when Culligan worked to install one of the larg- est water softener units at SIU School of Medicine - Eddie was there. In addition to all of that, Eddie has installed and repaired residential Culligan units and restaurant - motel and hotel Culligan units. better water, pure and simple: Lincoln, IL 62656 Through it all - over these 50- years - Eddie says it has been a constant learning experience. And over those same 5o-years Eddie says he's seen a lot of ideas - some worked - some didn't. But he has enjoyed it all. Would he encourage young people to go to work for Cul- ligan? Without missing a beat, he said yes. He said the work is always interesting and challeng- ing. The real asset for him is the people he works for and with. And the customers he serves have - for the most part - been great people. Eddie says there is nothing like making a service call to a long time customer. It's a great timer to catch up. And, there is a lot of satisfaction; working to repair a 4o-year old unit that he originally installed and making it work for a few more years. What's the secret? Eddie says its good service and building trust in long-term relationships. And, after 5o-years Eddie has that down pretty well. If you have done the math, you have figured out that Eddie is 7o-years-old. Is he looking to retire? To that question Eddie quickly answers - No! He likes what he is doing way too much to even think about retiring. Times Photo 4 I Culligan Water Products PlantSale UPTO50%OFF Full Service Hardware Store & Greenhouse Local Friendly Service Independently Owned & Operated Open 7 Days a Week Mon. - Fri. 7:30Am. 6Pm Sat. 7:30Am - 5Pro Sun. lOAm - 3Pro nsontruevalue 423 S. Washington St. - Mt. Pulaski 792-5911 Wa eS--6rff-- - i0 n Bottled Water 318 N. Chicago St. - Lincoln 735 -4450 Joel and Deanna Jacobs Eddie Combs OPEN" MONDAYS & THURSDAYS 8-5 TUES/WED/FRI IN SPRINGFIELD Services Include Diagnose & Treat Ages 16 and up Lab Work Available 8-3:30