Jackson retires after more than 40 years at Progressive Foundry

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Retiring after more than 40 years on the job, Merle Jackson of Rippey, left, was thanked by longtime Progressive Foundry Inc. owner Dallas "Pete" VanKirk at a retirement party Thursday.

Longtime Progressive Foundry Inc. worker Merle Jackson of Rippey retired Thursday after more than 40 years on the job.

Jackson began his career at the noted Perry manufacturing plant Jan. 13, 1976. Jackson’s two brothers, John Jackson and Louis Jackson, are also former foundry employees, and the Jackson brothers’ father, Harold Jackson, started the tradition by working at the Progressive Foundry in earlier years.

A retirement party was held Thursday, June 30 on Jackson’s last day with the company.

Longtime Progressive Foundry Inc. owner Dallas “Pete” VanKirk of Perry thanked Jackson for his years of service as he presented him with a gift in gratitude. He was joined by all the foundry employees in wishing Jackson well in his years of retirement.

Joining Jackson at the retirement luncheon were his wife, Kathy Jackson, and his granddaughter, Melissa.

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Merle Jackson, left, was joined by his wife, Pearl, center, and granddaughter Melissa at his retirement party Thirsday, marking more than 40 years at the Progressive Foundry Inc. in Perry.
Merle Jackson, left, was joined by his wife, Kathy, center, and granddaughter Melissa at his retirement party Thursday, marking more than 40 years at the Progressive Foundry Inc. in Perry.
Merle Jackson, left, and Dallas "Pete" VanKirk enjoyed the cake and other luncheon fare at Jackson's retirement party Thursday marking more than 40 years of work at the Progressive Foundry Inc. in Perry.
Merle Jackson, left, and Dallas “Pete” VanKirk enjoyed the cake and other luncheon fare at Jackson’s retirement party Thursday marking more than 40 years of work at the Progressive Foundry Inc. in Perry.

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