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Contributed photoMichael Haberle Contributed photoMichael Haberle

Cement Worker of the Month

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by ED PANY Atlas Cement Company Memorial Museum in Local News

Michael A. Haberle

Mr. Michael Haberle was reared in Nazareth, graduating from Nazareth High School in 1978, where he was co-captain of the Nazareth High School football team, which won the 1977 Colonial League championship. He played both halfback and linebacker. The team was coached by Jim Evanko. Mike also played center field for the baseball team.

Michael’s first job was with Highway Materials, operating a loader and earning $5 an hour. His cement career started two years later when he joined his brother Phillip at Lone Star Cement, starting in the labor department and later working in the packhouse as a kiln burner.

In 1994, Essroc purchased Lone Star, and Mr. Haberle joined the maintenance team, where he works today.

“We have an 18-man maintenance team working throughout the plant, quarry and the grinding mills at plant No. 5,” he said. “We attempt to have the plant operate in a safe and efficient manner.”

The excellent supervisors are Jack Santo, a 40-year veteran employee, and Brian Jones. Two of the old-timers who shared their knowledge with Michael are Les Taschner and George Reenock, former Northampton High School graduates.

Each morning, there is a brief safety meeting, when various safety issues are discussed. MSHA, the federal safety agency, also conducts annual safety seminars at the plant.

Michael said, “I enjoy the physical and challenging aspects of my job. I have worked with many good employees in my 39 years at the plant.”

During his tenure at the plant, ownership has changed from Lone Star to Essroc in 1994 and Lehigh Heidelberg in 2017. A dedicated cement worker, he is a highly skilled and experienced employee.

Mr. Haberle has been married to the former Kerry Hann for 33 years. They are proud of son, Ryan, a Lehigh employee; daughter, Cailyn; stepdaughters, Nicholle and Krista; and three grandchildren. He enjoys watching the Philadelphia Eagles and NASCAR. The Haberles reside in Nazareth.

We wish Michael and all my Lehigh friends continued success at the Nazareth plant.