Meiko UK technical support manager Mike Bean has recently celebrated 50 years of working in the UK dishwashing industry, as well as his own personal milestone: his 70th birthday.
Bean started with Meiko UK in 2002. “Why do I continue working? I can honestly say I feel no different now to when I was 45 or 55. I don’t want to retire; I enjoy it too much,” he commented.
He began his career with Crypto Peerless, working on everything from flight dishwashers to undercounter models. Twenty years later, having achieved chief engineer status with Crypto Peerless, he set up on his own company, Twyford Engineering, to offer a 7-day per week service cover operation.
“In those days suppliers only offered 5-day cover and that left a major gap in the market,” he recalled.
His career with Meiko started with him looking after undercounter and hood-type dishwasher models, from installation through to breakdown repair and PPM.
Catering equipment distributors know Bean well. He deals with their technical queries on Meiko Group 1 machines such as fault finding, services required and installation issues.
“People make the company and work worthwhile. The thing with Meiko is that it is just a good all round team. I enjoy the job and the people I work with and that makes all the difference,” Bean explained.
Meiko UK technical services director, Dave Kemp, added: “Mike may be 70 years of age but certainly doesn’t show it in his working day. He is always one of the first into the office and is at his best when dealing with customers over the phone or face to face.”