10/03/11 When the first “man-camp” pulled off the assembly line at Stone Creek Homes on September 20, all 35 employees along with the President & CEO of the company, Dave Ferguson, were a part of the celebration.
Ferguson was especially pleased to begin the production of Stone Creek’s newest concept model of housing for the gas and oil industry in the former Shamrock Homes plant started by Pat and Kay Flynn on Markley Drive in Plymouth.
Production began on August 5 with only nine employees working on it and that number increased to 35 employees as the first unit left the plant.
Ferguson had once worked at Shamrock Homes when he was teenager sweeping floors.
During an all-employee appreciation luncheon on September 27, Ferguson presented a plaque in appreciation for the contributions to the community of the late Pat and Kay Flynn.
Accepting the plaque on behalf of the family was Kathleen Flynn Fox. She said, “Our parents never sought plaques or awards or recognition.” She added, “Kay and Pat Flynn would be very happy to see the Shamrock factory producing the high quality Stone Creek products.”
Speaking to Ferguson, Fox said, “All of the Flynn’s wish you and Stone Creek all the best. We hope that this new enterprise creates excitement, sales and financial success for Stone Creek and its associates.”
The employee appreciation luncheon had been postponed until Jerry Eledge, director of human resoursces, was able to be present. Just before the grand opening of the plant, Eledge was called to Knoxville, Tenn. following the tragic death of his son. Eledge and Ferguson have worked together at various plants throughout the country since 1984.
Eledge was also given a plaque of commemoration depicting the life of his late son Chris. Referring to the employees of Stone Creek, Eledge said, “I could not wait to get back to my family. I am so happy to be a part of this team”
Eledge said he has interviewed some 600 applicants to staff the Plymouth plant. Plans are to hire approximately 40 more employees as soon as the facility can be reconfigured to expand the assembly lines.