Most people would not consider an electric drill as being a family heirloom, but this drill will soon be used by a 4th generation in our family. I can remember my father using it when I was a youngster, and I can remember him telling me to how to operate it the first time I used it.Since then, I have taught my children how to operate it, and they will soon be teaching my grandchildren how to operate it.
When you stop and think about it, there are not many things that stand the test of time and get passed on from one generation to the next. This sure shows the quality and engineering and craftsmanship that goes into Black & Decker products.
Karen L. Daniels
IPG Supply Chain
I was visiting my grandparents in Florida to celebrate
their 60th wedding anniversary. One afternoon there was
a phone call, and it was for me. To my surprise, the
person calling said "hi Karen, this is Don Wilson from
Black & Decker. I would like to offer you a job. "I
immediately said, "I will take it." He said, "wait a
minute - I haven't even told you the salary yet." I
said, "That's okay - I just want to work for Black & Decker!"
That was 30 years ago, and today I still WANT to work for
Black & Decker.
Charles Hagan Jr.
"My father, Charles Hagan, worked at Black & Decker from 1932 until
his death in 1951. I worked there from 1945 to 1983, when I retired.
My son, Todd Hagan started his career at Black & Decker in 1980 and
is still employed there. My granddaughter, Erica Hagan is working for
Black & Decker in Hunt Valley, Maryland. I guess the Hagans have
Black & Decker in their blood. It's been fun."
Texas Service Center
Black & Decker and I go back as far as I can remember - from 1967, the year I was born, to now.
My father Albert Hudson started with the Wichita Kansas service center in the mid 60s, soon became manager and then was transferred to the Omaha, Nebraska service center. I remember as a very small boy how large the shop seemed at the time.
In 1974, my father was again transferred to the Dallas, Texas service center. I have many memories of my sisters and myself running around playing hide and go seek, after-hours of course.
In 1983, I was in high school and was finally able to start as a real employee of Black & Decker. Working for my father had good sides and bad sides. At the time I seemed to always get the jobs nobody else ever wanted ('course that point of view was coming from a teenager). But I never had to worry about lunch; my dad loved going to the Denny's down the street.
After a few years, we changed location outside of downtown. It was here that I left to go to a technical school in Houston, Texas. While I was in school I worked part time for the Houston service center under Stan Watts. This was my first time away from home, and I remember how friendly the people I worked with treated me. This lasted about a year until I moved back home in 1987 and helped David Spencer open the Richardson, Texas service center. It was really great to be back home and doing what I really enjoyed: repairing tools. In 1992, I left Black & Decker to seek out employment in the field for which I trained at school.
After an 11 year absence from Black & Decker, I started back with the Garland, Texas service center working under James Wallis. After about a year and a half, we received news that Black & Decker was downsizing, and our service center was going to be closed. Well, I can only say that I was devastated by this news, but my Black & Decker story was not meant to end this way.
After several months of not knowing what my future held for me, I was told by Raymond Johnson, a long-time employee who worked for my dad when we first came to Texas, that he was planning on retiring, which would leave a slot for me to fill at the Carrollton, Texas location working for Rich Miller. Let it be noted that Rich took over for my father when he left to go to the Oklahoma City service center. So after all this I came full circle, back pretty much where I started. My wife Ruth and my kids James, Zachery and Samantha told me, "Black & Decker is in your blood, and you were meant to always be a part of it."
My name is Jason Hudson, and I am currently working for the Carrollton, Texas service center.
When I decided to reenter the workforce again after having twins, at the time age nine, I answered an ad in our local paper for a computer operator at a new Distribution Center to open in Rancho Cucamonga, California. I was set up with an interview and to my delight found out the company was Black & Decker, a company well known for its excellent product and service.
I was hired on November 18, 1985, in the parking lot where a temporary trailer had been placed while the distribution center was being set up.We had no heat and no lights for the first week.
Now, 24 years later, I still feel honored to work for this great company. I have met and worked with some amazing people. I have gone from computer operator to analyst and from Rancho distribution center's 250,000 sq. ft. to the new and improved Rialto distribution center's 530,000 sq. ft.
I have had many memorable moments during my time at Black & Decker, and there is one I will never forget: the day the Rancho distribution center had a surprise visitor Mr. Nolan D. Archibald, CEO of Black & Decker. On the same day I found myself without words (anyone that knows me might find this hard to believe!).
National Sales Manager
Biesemeyer Industrial Saw Blades
Industrial Products Group
Out of a Coca Cola bottling Plant in Shelbyville, Kentucky, came the beginning of our carbide-tipped saw blades manufacturing business. From that labor-intensive and dark and dirty building slowly emerged over the last 39 years a magnificent manufacturing machine. We now have a bright, fully automated manufacturing plant that can produce saw blades and compete with the best worldwide manufacturers. Some of the same people who grew with the company and the brightest stars in the industry who design world-class products have labored here, while our corporate managers listened and funded.
It is truly mind-blowing to have an idea, a vision, and get it accomplished with such success. We as a team of Black & Decker Employers have focused and got the job done. I congratulate all the many talents that have been involved to make our Shelbyville plant one of the best world-class saw blade manufacturing facilities in North America. We did it, and we all should be very proud of Black & Decker's American-made products.
Industrial Products Group Engineering
On June 4, 2009, I had the unique opportunity and pleasure to make a short presentation to a group of NASA administrators, former astronauts and other industry executives at an event at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The purpose of this gathering was to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of NASA and highlight space technology that has translated into products that we all take for granted in today's world. One such example is the cordless drill.
Shortly after the introduction of the first cordless drill in the early 60s, Black & Decker was approached by NASA and Martin Marietta to help develop a cordless drill that could be used to drill and retrieve core samples on a little project NASA was planning to, in the famous words of John F. Kennedy, "land a man on the moon and return him safely to earth."
A team of 30 engineers under the direction of retired R & D executive Don Elson was assembled, and over the next several years they developed what everyone today affectionately knows as "The Moon Drill." One of those 30 engineers was 24 year-old Bob Moores, who, aside from spending his entire career in the engineering department of Black & Decker and having 40 U.S. patents to his name, also happens to be my big brother.
Due to the unique environment of the moon, there were several interesting challenges facing the design team during the development of the Moon Drill. Most notable was the issue of cooling. All of our power tools for use on Earth in the 60s and to this day are air-cooled. So, how to cool the drill without air?
The solution was to completely seal the entire tool and fill the inner cavity with compressed nitrogen. Even with this unique solution, the Moon Drill became extremely hot in actual use, so much so that a rather crude-looking wire mesh "heat shield" was placed around the outside of the tool, keeping the astronaut's gloves from melting if they came into contact with the drill's outer housing.
As part of the contract with NASA, Black & Decker built 9 identical copies of the Moon Drill at an approximate cost of $30,000 each, in what is now the Towson Prototype Shop. Each and every part had a serial number, and all raw materials were traceable back to their point of origin. Since weight was so critical, magnesium and titanium were extensively used, and many steel components were hollowed out or otherwise lightened.
Apollo 15 was the first mission where a Black & Decker power tool was successfully used to drill holes in the surface of the moon in order to remove core samples. The Moon Drill was certainly a unique and historical product in Black & Decker's long history of innovation!
Graphic Design Manager
I grew up with Black & Decker in my family. My father was an engineer here for almost 25 years, and my mother, Joyce Lacher, has been working here for the past 22 years. In fact, for two years, she worked as Mr. Alonzo Decker's Administrative Assistant. My mother said Mr. Decker was such a "people person" and always took the time to talk to everyone. He always had stories to tell about the "old days." She was fortunate to be invited to his home at Money Point Farm where he liked to hunt and grow peach and apple trees.
I had the privilege of interviewing Mr. Decker as a college student for one of my journalism class assignments, and I remember feeling in awe of his incredible amount of knowledge and intelligence. He was extremely passionate in our discussion about his father, the history of the company and what he believed was its future.
When I was a young teenager, my Dad would bring home products such as the first Snakelight and the newest prototype of the first Sweep Stick, and even then I remember thinking how cool it would be to work here. He was grooming me to be an engineer for sure and wasn't exactly thrilled when I chose Business Communications as my college major, but boy was he thrilled when Black & Decker hired me as a Graphic Designer a year after graduating.
I've been an employee here for 9.5 years and I honestly can't imagine being anywhere else. The tradition will hopefully continue with my own son, who is now only two but already has his own "play" Black & Decker drill, jigsaw and hammer and who just loves to vacuum with the Flex Vac. I think what makes Black & Decker a great place to work is the sense of being a part of a family, and that's hard to find anywhere else.
Product Manager - Kitchen
Lake Forest, CA
I have been working with Black & Decker for over 10 years now. What I enjoy most about working for Black & Decker is all of the people I have worked with over the years. Many of the people I started with in 1999 are still with the company today. This is amazing considering the turnover rate at most companies. It definitely says something about Black & Decker and the winning culture that we embody.
When I interviewed with Black & Decker while I was in college, the interviewer asked what I was looking for in a company. I remember telling the hiring manager that I was interested in a company where I could work until I retired. I definitely think Black & Decker is a company where you can work for 30 years or more. I'm happy to say that I'm a third of my way there.
If you ask anyone in the company what they like best about working for Black & Decker, I guarantee the most common response will be the great people that they work with. It is all of the great people at Black & Decker that inspire others around them to allow us to succeed in the marketplace.
Do the Right Thing
On the morning of April 19th, 1995, the Alfred P Murrah Building was destroyed by a bomb that killed 168 people and injured over 680. The blast impacted a 16-block area, with over 300 buildings destroyed or significantly damaged. The next morning I went to Oklahoma City to see if our company could be of any assistance and what we could do to help. It was unlike anything I had ever seen, and it literally looked like a war zone. People were working around the clock in a search and rescue operation, and the overall mood of the city was somber and shocked.
On the afternoon of the 20th, I called our VP of Channel Marketing and gave him a significant list of tools and accessories that would help the team in their efforts on-site. One of our competitors was there selling product, and it felt wrong.
The next day a pallet of tools and accessories arrived at one of our distributor partners in Oklahoma City. They were delivered later that day, and the tools and accessories were immediately put to use. The goodwill and gesture of support displayed by the marketing, sales and distribution team has always made me proud of this company and our core values in a time of real need. There was never a question as to why, but just how can we help?
Since that time I have been involved with Katrina and Rita hurricane relief, and am equally proud of our assistance to our customers and employees that were impacted by those devastating events. The motive was just: do the right thing. It is good to be DeWalt.
Business Systems Analyst
My name is Melony and work in the IT department. I have been with Black & Decker for more than 29 years, looking forward to making it 30 years.
My very first assignment in the IT department was working with my manager, retired Griff Manahan, on what today is one of the internal IT tools that is the life blood of our company -- the ORDEROMETER sales tracking system. My first question was "what is an ORDEROMETER?" It was a new word for me.
The ORDEROMETER has gone through many changes in its life here at Black & Decker, but I am very proud to say that working with Griff on the development of this tool was very fun and rewarding. Griff is one of those people who manages with his heart and mind. It was a pleasure to work alongside a very special person. I am sure sorry he retired.
Life is different here at Black & Decker today than 30 years ago, but it should be. We have grown into a bigger, better company. I have many, many good memories to enjoy every day while working for Black & Decker. I am proud to be an employee of this company.
Executive Admin Assistant
Our three year-old grandson attends preschool in Bel Air, Maryland.
On October 19, 2009, the teacher was talking to the children about
going to new places. She asked the children, "if you were going to
a new land like Christopher Columbus, what would you take with you?"
Without hesitation Brendan replied, "I would take my Black & Decker tools."