Generations employed at the Hawesville Mill

Three generations: Brian Wettstain, Leroy Wettstain and Ryan Hamilton.

Three generations of the same family are currently employed at the Hawesville Mill. Leroy Wettstain has been employed at the mill for over 48 years. He started his career with Wescor in June, 1967 as a Utility Operator and advanced to Power House Operator. Leroy currently works in the wood yard as a Chip Processing Operator. In addition to his years in production, he also served as President of Local 1983 for 12 years.

Leroy’s son, Brian Wettstain, has been at the mill for over 20 years, starting as a Utility Operator under Willamette. After 13 years in the Power & Recovery area, Brian now works in the Maintenance Department as a Journey Mechanic. He is currently serving as the Vice President for Local 1261.

Ryan Hamilton, Brian’s step-son is the latest family member to join the mill. Ryan was hired on August 11, 2014 as a Utility Operator in the Fine Paper Mill.