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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by ED PANY Curator, Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Michael C. Miller

Mr. Michael Miller was reared in Nazareth, graduating from Nazareth High School in 1986, where he played tackle on the football team and was a heavyweight wrestler on the Blue Eagles championship wrestling squad.

He recalled, “I especially admired coach Ray Nunamaker and Larry Oberly, my social studies teacher.”

Michael attended Unity College in Maine and studied conservation and law enforcement. He used this training and served on the Coopersburg Police Department for seven years.

A prolific weightlifter, Michael owned Nazareth Barbell for 12 years.

He remembered, “Mr. James McGaughrin of Essroc encouraged me to start a new career at Essroc, now Lehigh Heidelberg in Nazareth. My grandfather and uncles were former cement workers at the old Penn-Dixie.”

Starting in the labor department, he progressed to labor supervisor at the Plant No. 3 grinding facility. Today, he is the plant’s service supervisor in charge of a 15-man team.

With pride in his voice, he said, “We are fortunate to have hardworking, cooperative and respectful men in the department. They are all good men, and I care about them. Our production manager is another fine man, Mr. Joyse Riva. Old-timers Billy Lambert and David Dean have also shared their experiences with me!

“Our team is responsible for keeping the plant clean and safe. Each day, we have a ‘Tool Box’ meeting to plan the day’s work schedule. I enjoy the diversity of the job and the relationship with my co-workers.”

He enjoys both hunting, fishing and his motorcycle.

Mike has been married to the former Deborah Ames for 20 years, and they are proud of children Aaron, Catherine, Nica, Chaela, Liam and Aonghus.

Mr. Miller is a friendly, amiable and dedicated cement worker. It was a pleasure to interview him. He and his family reside in Saylorsburg. We wish Michael and all my friends continued success at the Nazareth plant.