A Ballymena man has truly earned his crust by clocking up 35 years at a Northern Ireland flour mill.
Former stock car champion Jack Adams began his career at Neill’s in 1975 as a sales representative and is now area manager for Northern Ireland in charge of selling flour to home bakeries and wholesalers. He said he has stayed so long because staff at the mill are valued.
“Any successful business as a company will not go far without dedicated members of staff,” he said.
“Enjoying what you do as an individual is also key to being happy no matter what job you have.
“On a daily basis I meet so many different characters which brings a lot of craic into my day-to-day work and, having worked my way up the ranks, I am now my own boss, meaning I have the flexibility to make decisions myself, instead of depending on others.’’
“At the mill if you work hard you are rewarded, so I think that is one of the main reasons why it is able to retain staff,” he added.
“People often ask me for advice when they are starting their careers and what I say is if you look after your customers they will look after you,” he said.
When Jack reaches his much ‘kneaded’ retirement, he is looking forward to spending the extra time with his family and dogs and indulging his passion for cars.