(Montpelier, Ohio) October 26, 2018 –Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities (WCBDD) celebrated over 90 combined years of employment of individuals with disabilities and their employers on Tuesday, October 23rd at the Loyal Order of Moose in Montpelier, Ohio. With around 70 people in attendance, 28 individuals and their employers were honored.

“All the individuals honored are hardworking, reliable and bring a smile to the workplace,” said Debra Guilford, WCBDD Superintendent.

Doris Tanner celebrated 23 years with Air-Way Manufacturing Co. in Edgerton. “She really cheers up the workplace and she does a really good job. We really appreciate her,” said Jeff Rienstra, Vice President of HR at Air-Way Manufacturing. Norman Rehklau has been also been employed with Air-Way Manufacturing for 14 years.

Duane Proctor has worked for McDonald’s for 33 years. “Duane is such a wonderful employee and friend. He surpasses most people. He is such a hard worker and a fast worker. He’s pays so much attention to detail. My blessing is having him work for me,” said Bel Deitrick.

Jeremy Allomong was honored for 15 years at Walmart, and Shane Brace has worked at Chief Supermarket in Bryan for 13 years. Rex Martin has been employed by Henry Lirot Tractor Service for 12 years.

Two individuals attending the event had recently lost their jobs due to a business closing. Both individuals received many leads for employment at the event. Joan Miller, WCBDD Community Inclusion Specialist said, “two people walked into the event wondering where they might find employment and walked out with job offers. I’m already looking forward to 2019 to see how these employment relationships grow.”


Photo: Duane Proctor’s Award (L-R) Duane Proctor, Bel Deitrick (McDonald’s)