The Laboratory Supervisor at a Shrewsbury-based lubricants specialist, who is part of team of responsible for quality control, new product development and customer sample testing, has chalked up 25 years’ service.
Darrell Bates, 55, was just 19 when he originally joined Morris Lubricants, one of Shrewsbury longest established companies which celebrates its 150th birthday this year.
After four years, he left to become a BT engineer but returned to Morris Lubricants when a vacancy came up for a laboratory technician and he’s worked at the Castle Foregate base ever since.
Darrell attributes his 25-year service to: “The comradery and varied work with brilliant staff all contributing to excellent job satisfaction. This all helps for everything to run smoothly especially through our busy periods.”
He and the lab team are responsible for testing all incoming raw materials and all outgoing finished products. Nothing is allowed into the works or goes out unless it passes stringent quality control checks, essential as lubricants are used in very expensive, high-tech engines and machinery.
Comparing the company today to when he first joined at 19, he said: “It’s far more complex now with all the testing equipment driven by computers. Staffing in the lab has increased from two when I first started to six today because of this and the workload.
“With all the company’s product lines and even more raw materials requiring rigorous testing, the laboratory has always been a busy place to work. Since I have worked at Morris Lubricants, I have never seen the place go quiet because we are always active. I think that’s why the time goes so quickly.”
Darrell, who lives in Wenlock Road, Shrewsbury with his wife and two sons, aged 24 and 21, is a Shrewsbury Town season ticket holder and loves holidaying abroad and discovering new places, along with walking his two dogs.