Dile Manufacturing, Inc., Sav-A-Tool Division, has
announced the 50th anniversary
of employment of Hatzell Wagoner.
Wagoner began work in the mattress department at Rubber
Fabricators, Inc., on Feb. 9, 1959, when he was 22. He worked 3-1/2
years for Pete Zannoni, Ran Flemming and Bob Schnurr.
In 1963, he transferred to Sav-A-Tool/Vee Manufacturing,
founded by Rubber Fabricators. It was the same year he married his wife,
Bonnie Leach Wagoner.
Numerous products were engineered and made by Hatzell
and his 36 employees in the small machine shop located on Rt. 5, near
Included were various inflation systems for life
preservers and life rafts, along with tooling, molds and various
hardware. You can give him a drawing or an idea and he will take it to
the shop and come back with a workable part.
Wagoner designed this paddle
to be used in life rafts. It is made with three corks in the handle so
it will float.
With hands of a master craftsman, Wagoner can design
anything--from tiny bearings to huge pieces of machinery.
Many stories come to mind of events that happened during
Wagoner’s career that would take you back to an era of Calhoun history
that would both make you laugh and make you cry.
The flood of 1967 is indelibly imprinted on his memory.
Life rafts that were manufactured by Rubber Fabricators were used to
evacuate employees from the plant located on Russett Road. He has
assisted in moving and clean up after numerous floods.
He fondly remembers many people who he worked with over
the years, and some of the antics that were shared by him and his
Hatzell, 72, still comes to work at 6 a.m. and leaves at
2:30 to tend his farm of 150 acres. He rarely misses a day of work. He
is also one of eight members of the management team formed after the
death of Pete Zannoni, his long-time boss.
Hatzell and Bonnie have three children. Kandas is
married to Randal Smith. They have two children, Nicholas, 13, and
Makayla, 10, and live at Sycamore. Jason is married to the former April
Bayle and they reside at Williamstown. Christopher lives at Big Bend.
Officials at Sav-A-Tool and R.P.R. Industries expressed
their appreciation for his accomplishments over the decades.