Local company recognizes longtime employees


Tribune Staff Reports

Aquatic Control Inc.’s annual Christmas party and service awards recognition was Dec. 8 in St. Charles, Missouri.

Several employees were recognized for service, including one soon-to-be retiree, Barb Garner.

Garner began her career in 2008 at the Valparaiso office. She worked as a customer service representative, working with lake management and fountain and aeration customers. In 2014, she took a leave from Aquatic Control to complete her education and came back in 2015 full time.

Penny Warren was recognized for 35 years of service. She started her career with the Rust and Aquatic Control companies working summers at Redbrush Park. She began full time in April 1984 and now is in charge of payroll, employee benefits and numerous other jobs for both companies.

Michael Johnson was honored for 30 years of service. He began his career at Aquatic Control in 1986 in Seymour. In April 1989, he became full time and started out as a lake management applicator in the Indianapolis area. He was promoted to equipment manager in 1999. He now builds and maintains boats, application equipment, oversees the fleet of vehicles, supervises multiple shop helpers, works on big lakes and improves and builds new equipment for lake management needs.

Other honorees were Bill Thomas, aeration service supervisor with the Seymour office, 15 years; and Patrick Whitson, who became office manager of the Evansville office in January 2014, 10 years of service. This spring, Whitson will coming back to the Seymour office to supervise fountain and aeration sales.

Recognized for five years of service were Jacob Cowherd, a lake management applicator and fountain technician in Truesdale, Missouri; Lisa Hamilton, who has a dual role as an accounts payable analyst and customer service and support for the aeration department in Seymour; and Mark Sharp, a sales associate who handles marketing with social media and oversees the company’s publications, website and drone and camera footage for videos.

The company has offices is Seymour, Evansville and Valparaiso in Indiana; Elizabethtown, Kentucky; Truesdale, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; and Canton, Illinois, which just opened this year.

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