1980 Summer V 28 N 3


Elmer Bjornstad joined our Company in March 1955 as a Second Class Power Engineer. In 1959 Elmer received his First Class Permit, at that time he was the youngest power engineer in Alberta to receive a First Class Permit. Elmer was promoted to Chief Engineer in October of 1959.


by Jane Dikeman

Hats off to two employees that have been with the Lind­bergh Works since its original construction in 1948.

George Krissa-- started working for the Company January 2, 1948. He started as a Pan Room Operator. After five years he was trans­ferred to the shipping depart­ment as Supervisor where he stayed for the next seventeen years. George was then trans­ferred to his present location in the packaging area as Pack­aging Supervisor.

George remembers a lot of "Bull work" involved in the old days. They didn't have modern conveniences such as forklifts. They had to load box cars by hand. The pack­ages were stacked by hand in the box cars but the bulk loading was done by wheel- barrows. Packaging was also done by hand using a scoop to fill packages and then sewing the tops. (Picture #1)

Fred McAleese worked with the construction crew erecting the plant buildings from 1947 to 1948. He then joined the Company as a Pan Room Operator at a rate of 70c per hour. During Fred's 32 years as an operator he has witnessed a dramatic change from all hand work to an automatic system. Fred remembers when he had to watch the salt for steam to rise indicating the temper­ature had to be increased for drying. He now watches the Panel Board and charts which indicate any changes needed. Fred compared the monitor­ing of the panel board with the ease of driving a car but to me it looked much more difficult.

George Krissa

Fred McAleese