Portland Utilities Construction Co., LLC wishes to congratulate equipment operator Dean Martin on his retirement effective March 3, 2017. Mr. Martin's foreman, Jon Taylor, describes Dean as a a safe operator and a good employee. "In the seven (7) years Dean has worked for the company, says Jon, he rarely missed work unless it was absolutely necessary. He was a good operator. He never caused any significant damage while operating equipment for PUCC."
Mr. Martin began his career as a farmer in Massachusetts. When the farm shut down, he moved to New York State for better opportunities. He started in the gas business in 1989 and worked for a company named Xerxes out of Rochester, New York. Later he became an equipment operator and foreman for Rochester Utilities. Mr. Martin eventually left New York and came to Tennessee for better weather. He landed his first job at Sharp Construction near Maryville, TN before becoming an equipment operator for PUCC on March 29, 2010.
To the next generation of equipment operators, Mr. Martin offers the following tips. "Take care of your equipment, and it will take care of you. Be safe and know what's going on around you."
After his retirement, Mr. Martin plans to do some things around the house and travel to Las Vegas to see his parents. PUCC appreciates Mr. Martin for his service and for a job well done.