CEMENT WORKER OF THE MONTH
Mr. Frank Fassl Jr. was reared in Nazareth, graduating from Nazareth High School in 1974. Two weeks after graduation, at the age of 18, he was hired by plant manager Stanley Becker to work at Nazareth Cement. Frank’s grandfather, Joseph; his father, Frank Sr.; and three uncles worked for the company, logging in over 100 years of service.
He started as a laborer at $3.80 an hour and later moved to the quarry as a loader and was trained as a diesel mechanic.
He recalled, “I worked on trucks, loaders and quarry equipment, learning on the job and supervised by Jerry Krause. I was there for 28 years until I moved to the packhouse.”
Today, Frank is a member of the main packhouse team, which includes Bruce Knecht, Mark Fogel, Ray Thomas, Michael Emrick and supervisor Rick Gaston — all excellent employees.
Frank said, “We all work together, operating the packing machine, fork lifts, loading trucks and moving inventory.”
An average truck carries 560 bags of cement and can be loaded in 15 minutes. Dozens of trucks leave daily to satisfy the needs of the many loyal customers.
The computer is vital in the present-day packhouse to maintain accurate records. The present Nazareth plant is currently owned by Lehigh Heidelberg. The historic site dates back to 1899. Ownership changed when the facility was purchased by Coplay Cement and, in 1978, by Essroc.
With a sense of pride, Frank said, “My father and uncles were role models. They stressed a work ethic that I have attempted to follow here at the plant. I have had a variety of jobs at the plant over the years and have worked with many fine co-workers. The companies have provided our families with a good living.”
Mr. Fassl has an amiable personality. He enjoys his job and continues to follow the traditions and dedication of his father and uncles in the cement industry. He has been married for 38 years to the former Kathy Baker, of Bangor. They are proud of sons Phillip and Daniel and six grandchildren.
He is busy with the grandchildren and also spends time hunting and fishing. An avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, Frank is very happy with a Super Bowl victory.
The friendly family resides in Ackermanville. We wish Mr. Fassl and all my friends at Lehigh Heidelberg continued success and a safe 2018.