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Frank built 42-year career with West Cumbrian construction company

One of Thomas Armstrong’s longest serving employees has retired after 42 years with the West Cumbrian building group.

SO LONG, FRANK: Chief executive of Thomas Armstrong, Keith Denham, right, says farewell to long-serving employee, Frank Harkness

Frank Harkness, 64, of Great Broughton, general manager and director of Thomas Armstrong Aggregates, joined the company as an HGV mechanic in 1972 when the business was based in Cockermouth.

Within a few months he was promoted to workshop foreman.

Three years later he became group transport manager and, in 1986, when the company moved to Flimby, he became group transport manager and general manager of Thomas Armstrong Aggregates.

He was then invited to become a director of Thomas Armstrong Aggregates, which is a position he has held up until his retirement.

Keith Denham, group chief executive, said: “Frank has been an absolute credit to the firm.

“His commitment and dedication has been exemplary and we thank him for all his hard work and wish him, his wife and the family well in his retirement”

But Frank’s keys haven’t quite been hung up for the last time.

The company has asked him to be available for advice when it is looking at purchasing new HGVs or plant machinery.

Frank said he was looking forward to spending more time with his grandson James, increasing his time walking on the fells with wife Lynn, and enjoying getting his BSA motorbike out of the garage for a ‘blast’.

Have your say

well done frank, and wishing you all the best for your well earned rest , from bob mclaughlin ex armstrongs hgv driver.

Posted by robert mclaughlin on 18 July 2014 at 17:29

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