Foster salutes factory man’s magnificent milestone

Foster Refrigeration has hailed one of its employees who has just racked up his 40th year with the company.

58-year-old Chris Thompson started his career with the King’s Lynn refrigeration manufacturer back in 1973 when Little Jimmy Osmond’s Long Haired Lover From Liverpool was heading the charts and Leeds United were top of the league.

As an 18-year-old, he started out making pallets in the factory before training as a fork-lift driver on the shop-floor.

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Thompson has held various roles at Foster over the years and not surprisingly has witnessed some massive changes at the business.

He said: “40-years is a long time and obviously lots has changed since then, but I still remember my first wage packet so it doesn’t seem that long ago! Fosters’ business has changed a lot over that time; it is more streamlined now, and has moved forward with the times, which is why I still enjoy it here, and despite these changes, the management of the site is what I like, I enjoy working with the team here, it’s a good atmosphere.”

For the past eight years, Thompson has been working building modular products, as well as packing cabinets.

Paul Veried, managing director at Foster, paid tribute to the service that he has given the business over four decades.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating this anniversary with Chris,” he said. “Foster is at heart an organisation very much proud of our King’s Lynn roots and it is great that Chris chose to spend his career with us. We would like to thank Chris for his continued service, he is a valued member of our team and hope he continues to enjoy his role in the future.”

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