Nitronica’s Production Manager, Libby Fegan recently retired after 32 years service to the company.
Libby started work on the Ballynahinch site back in August 1988 when the site was owned by Plessey and was originally told the job would last only until Christmas!
Libby spent her early months working on cable assembly before being moved to the dispatch area where she chased orders through both factories to ensure everything shipped on time.
In 1996, Libby became Supervisor for cables and dispatch and in 1996 was promoted to Manager for this area. Acquisitions and mergers at group level saw Libby continue her service for spells under Reltec, Marconi and Viasystems.
In 2000, Libby decided to go back to college part time. She graduated with an HND in Business and Finance in 2002 just 30 years after leaving school!
Nitronica were created in 2002 after a management buyout and Libby continued her service as Production Manager until her retirement this year. She also spent a short time during this period as HR Manager and continued to support this function offering support and advice through the years.
Libby said “During my 32 years I came across many people from all walks for life and learnt a lot about new trends and ideas in the manufacturing world from new vibrant people who joined the company”. She went on to say that “one of the notable things about Nitronica was the fact that people do come and go but a lot of people have stayed with the company a very long time”. This is demonstrated not just by Libby’s service but we also had 2 other long term employees retiring earlier this year – Eileen Murphy who worked in QA for 43 years and Shirlene Agnew who worked in PCBA for 48 years.
Finally, Libby finished with “I really do wish the company all the success in the future”.
Nitronica’s Managing Director John Mellon commented “Libby helped see the company through some tough times and played a huge part in Nitronica’s growth over the years. She will be missed not just for her professionalism, commitment and hard work, but mostly as someone who was always a real pleasure to work with.”
We all wish Libby, Eileen and Shirlene a very happy and long retirement.