A loyal employee who has spent nearly half a century in the family business of Scotts of Thrapston is retiring after semi-retirement.
Joe Cooper joined the wood product manufacturer fresh out of school in 1977 and has been there ever since.
Starting out as a fitter of dog kennels and cat houses, it wasn’t long before he progressed his career through the ranks to site builder and then to his final position as contract manager.
Joe has been responsible for the installation of luxury summer homes, custom stables and custom timber buildings.
Now, after 45 years with the company, he is stepping down to spend time training his new Labrador puppy and continuing his private rental business.
Joe said, “I’m grateful for a long, enjoyable career and the opportunities Scotts has given me.
“While I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life, after almost 45 years I’m sure it will be a culture shock. I wish everyone all the best and continued success for the company.”
The company’s current Managing Director, James Scott, said: “Throughout his 45 years of service, Joe has truly embodied the family business culture that we nurture at Scotts of Thrapston.
“Joe’s father, John, also worked for the company in the early 80’s and Joe is one of the few who understands the challenges of running a multi-generational business.
“Successful companies are made by great people. Much of our success has been supported and delivered by Joe’s ethos and philosophy. That will be extremely difficult to replace.”