Shropshire Star

Rob retires after nearly four decades at Shrewsbury-based Morris Lubricants

A 'go to' man for nearly four decades has spent his last day on the filling line at a historic Shrewbury business.

Rob Woodcock (left) with Morris Lubricants’ executive chairman Edward Goddard on his last day in work at Morris Lubricants after near 38 years’ service.

Rob Woodcock has left his role at oils and lubricants manufacturer, Morris Lubricants, after nearly 38 years’ service and is looking forward to retirement.

The 58-year-old said working as a charge hand at Morris Lubricants had been very enjoyable and rewarding.

“The country has been through many recessions, but this job has enabled me to carry on working throughout," he said.

“They have looked after me, but I have also worked hard for the company. Throughout Covid, I never stopped working.”

He recalls mentoring joint executive chairmen Andrew and Edward Goddard whilst they were doing work experience placements on the filling line as teenagers.

In charge of a team of four, he has ensured over the years that everything runs smoothly on the filling line where bottles and containers from 0.5 to 5 litres are filled with the wide variety of oils and lubricants that Morris Lubricants produce.

“When I first joined the company, I worked as a packer for three months before moving to the filling line and I have been running it ever since,” said Rob.

“I am now ready to hang my boots up whilst I am still young and fit enough to enjoy my retirement.”

Richard Colston, Morris Lubricants’ process improvements manager, said Rob will be a hard act to follow.

“He knows the production system like the back of his hand,” he added.

“Rob has been super-efficient at running the filling line, planning for the next job, marshalling his team and has run a tight ship.

"His attention to detail is on point and the fact that he is leaving will give us some big shoes to fill.”

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