NEWPORT — Last Friday marked the retirement of Mitch Durocher from Columbia Forest Products, after a combined thirty-three years of service.
Born in North Troy, Durocher attended Lake Region Union High School. He held his first job farming for approximately three years.
Initially hired at Columbia Forest Products in 1974 as a jointer operator for a few months, Durocher eventually went to work in a sawmill in Manchester, NH for four years.
He was rehired at Columbia again in 1978 as a tableman for a few months, before returning to farming for eight years.
Back in 1986, he was rehired as a log cleaner and held the positions of dragsaw operator and reeler operator.
He held the lathe operator position for the last 30 years, up until his retirement on Friday.
Durocher and his wife, Edith live in Newport. They raised 3 children, including Michael, Amy, and Scott and have been blessed with six grandchildren.
Durocher says his retirement plans are to get to work on some home improvement projects.
He enjoys fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, riding a four-wheeler, making wooden lawn ornaments, and is an avid New York Giants fan.
“All of us at Columbia deeply appreciate Mitch’s dedicated service,” Linda Girouard, Human Resource Assistant at Columbia Forest Products, said.Are you on Instagram? Cool. So are we. CLICK HERE to follow us for a behind the scenes look at Newport Dispatch.