Geoff Plowright. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

WHEN Geoff Plowright started working in the hardware business in 1969, there were no forklifts, no computers, no credit cards and no liquid nails.

Fast forward 50 years, and the popular employee is still working in the hardware industry and still working for the same company, Bendigo’s own Hume and Iser
Mitre 10.

Mr Plowright started out in the company’s main office and has subsequently worked in timber yard sales, timber yard orders, as a delivery driver, timber despatch, receiving goods and storeman during his tenure with one of Bendigo’s longest running businesses.

The affable veteran employee said the company’s recent revamp and transformation to the popular Mitre 10 brand was his fourth during the past 50 years, and the biggest.

Managing director Stephen Iser said Mr Plowright had been a very loyal and hardworking employee during his time there, one whose boundless enthusiasm and positive attitude had contributed to him being so highly regarded by customers and staff alike.

He said the popular long-serving Mr Plowright was also well-known among several generations of local tradespeople who have become accustomed to dealing with him over the past five decades.