Operator Jesus C. Celebrates 40 Years at Republic

November 5, 2020

In 1980, Jesus C. “Pauley” started his career at the Loop Transfer Station in Chicago, IL. To commemorate Pauley’s milestone 40-year anniversary, Division Manager Brian H., sat down with him to reflect on his career and achievements. …

Pauley started at the division in 1980 operating a skid steer; loading paper onto a recycling belt. Over time, he learned how to operate larger equipment, eventually working his way up to a CAT 966 Wheel Loader. “When I first started, I liked the steady work and being close to home. That hasn’t changed, and so long as it doesn’t, I’ll be here tomorrow” says Pauley.

When asked about changes over the years Pauley points to the facility. “In the 1980s we worked outside on a gravel lot. Now the site is paved with an enclosed roof. The operation is much better.”

For those aspiring to become a heavy equipment operator, Pauley advises patience and focus. “The material we handle hasn’t changed much in 40 years, but every load is different. Stay focused on your surroundings and you will stay safe.”

Gary D., Pauley’s supervisor of 15 years, says, “I appreciate Pauley’s focus and the way he watches out for everyone on site. Reporting for work on time, every day with no accidents in 40 years, is truly a remarkable achievement.”

When Pauley is not working, he enjoys following all of Chicago’s storied sports teams including Wolves hockey.

Thanks, Pauley for 40 safe years of contribution toward Republic’s success!