Flowrite Services’ technical supervisor Keith Simmons won the Service Engineer Section Lifetime Achievement Award at the Institute of Refrigeration Dinner in London last month.
He has spent his whole career of over 45 years within the refrigeration and air conditioning engineering industry, the last 17 years of which have been with the Maidstone-based refrigeration and ventilation servicing specialist.
Prior to this he worked for companies including Total Refrigeration, Stanleys and PNS Williams.
Simmons was reportedly moved as he picked up the award at the Grange St Pauls’ Hotel.
He was nominated for the accolade by Flowrite business manager Colin Meadowcroft, who said: “Nothing is too much trouble for Keith. He often spends his own time working to bring along the less experienced engineers. He has a great knowledge of the industry, an exemplary attitude, and is a major asset to our engineering team.
“He never complains, and always helps out when needed.”
After 45 years, Simmons still enjoys keeping up to date, methodically working through and solving problems, helping the more junior engineers and making sure the customer is happy when he leaves.
Flowrite CEO Tod Harrison added: “It might sound a cliché but Keith is truly a great example across the whole business. He treats everyone the same and is an amazing asset. I just wish he was 10 years younger!
“He is loved by our customers and respected across all areas of the business. That is something quite special.”