Paul Borders (left) and Jon Baker (right) conduct a sales meeting at the Holiday Inn in the 1970’s. Paul Borders (left) and Steve Baker (center) talk shop with Jace Fair of Electro Controls during SMC’s 50th Anniversary Open House, May 6, 2016.
Ladies and Gentleman,
October 11th marks the 40 year anniversary of Paul Borders first day at Sidney Manufacturing Company. Paul is one of the cornerstones to the steady growth and success of Sidney Manufacturing and we just want to take the time to recognize this great achievement and take a step back to look at all that has happened in his 40 year time with the company.
What life was like in 1976:
• Gallon of gas was $0.59 per gallon
• President of the United States was Gerald Ford
• Eagles release smash hit Hotel California
• Zenith 25” Color TV went on sale for $599.00
• Still years away from mainstream email
and cell phones
Paul was hired by Herman Baker (founder of Sidney Manufacturing) after the two of them and Jon (Herman’s son, Former President) had gotten to know each other at the ASME conferences and other trade shows. At the time Paul worked for Shelby Manufacturing (a competitor) and after Shelby had sold it made sense to make a move to a company within an industry that he was already familiar with.
Throughout the first 30 years, Paul had spent a lot of time on the road making sales calls, troubleshooting problems, developing relationships with Sales Reps, all the while serving with various positions on various committees including but not limited to: GEAPS and The Special Purpose Personnel Elevator Committee. Throughout that time Paul has met countless amazing
people and could tell you plenty of stories along the way. From losing his cell phone in a lake out in Washington, to accusing the staff at Saint Elmo’s Steak house of stealing his credit card while it was in his front pocket the whole time, and to many more that we have all heard and some we will never hear. It has certainly been a wonderful ride.
In the last ten years Paul has spent quite a bit less time on the road. He and his business partner Steve (Herman’s Son, Current President) have continued to grow the business and use their almost CENTURY of combined experience in the industry to guide the company and their employees moving forward.
Paul currently resides in Florida with his wife of over 55 years Bonnie. He is the father of three daughters Dawn, Jayna, and Beth. He has 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Paul is an avid golfer, and is usually taking his clubs wherever he goes.
This doesn’t even come close to encapsulating all of what Paul has done while at SMC for 40 years and what he means to all of the people along the way. This is just a small way to recognize such an amazing accomplishment.
Thank you for an amazing 40 years Paul!