Some 250 employees lined up to say goodbye to two long-time company executives at Lindsay Corp. last Friday, Jan. 30.
Charlie Meis of Albion, vice president of engineering, retired that day after 37 years of leadership in the company’s engineering division.
The other guest of honor, Bob Snoozy of Omaha, vice president of sales, stepped down after 35 years with the company.
Both have played key roles in bringing the company to its current status as one of the world leaders in irrigation equipment manufacturing.
Meis joined the company in December, 1971, going to work for the Zimmerer family as an engineering staff of one.
The company had only 50 to 60 employees at the time. It now employs as many as 1,200 worldwide.
“At the beginning, I did everything from product design and production to equipment design and even building construction,” said Meis.
A 1964 graduate of St. Boniface High School in Elgin, Meis earned his degree in mechanical engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1968. He was then employed for two years at Case Co., and later worked for several companies in Omaha, including Lozier Corp., a manufacturer of store fixtures.
Since 1971, the company’s engineering staff has gradually grown to 12 engineers in various fields today.
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