Lisa Sweitzer Enjoying Her 44 Years with Kloeckner York
“I used to tell people I started working here at 10,” jokes Lisa Sweitzer. In 1977, her aunt, dad, and uncle all worked at Edgcomb Steel (now Kloeckner Metals) in York Memory Lane, Pennsylvania.
That’s how she started. Then, she stayed.
Originally hired to work at the Kloeckner York (Memory) front desk, over her 44 years Lisa has grown knowledgeable across departments and takes on various tasks. This includes roles in inventory control, accounts payable, and HR. While her duties may have shifted over the years, one thing has remained constant: good people.
Good Times at Work
She stayed at Kloeckner so long because of its warm, comfortable culture. Early on, bonds formed a foundation for lifelong friendship, and comfort. For over a decade, a group of ladies would meet up for Christmas each year. They would exchange gifts, go dancing, and play bingo together.
The result of such closeness was a joyous and vibrant office environment. For example, Lisa is often the office DJ, rotating 70’s hits and country music. Right now, she’s loving on Eric Church and Carrie Underwood.
And, if the jukebox didn’t sweep your troubles away, Lisa describes how “there’s always someone here who’s gonna cheer you up.” However, due to the pandemic, Lisa is the only one going into the office these days. The only upside to this, she says, is getting to play her music a tad louder.
In Case You Didn’t Know
Not everyone has an 84-year-old mother who requests that you accompany her on bike rides. Lisa does. About a mile from their houses, a railroad track has been converted for recreational use.
This bike trail has become somewhat of a sanctuary. Lisa’s been riding on it for the last 25 years, and feels how biking has served to bring her closer to her family. In fact, years ago, this is where she met her husband!
It’s fun, a way to stay active, and another opportunity for her to jive to some good tunes.
As for crafting, Lisa mainly sells grapevine wreaths in the fall and pine wreaths at Christmas. You might see her at a local craft fair, selling the wreaths and even some handcrafted change purses. If you get there early enough, you might even snag one of her crochet dishcloths, which sell like hot cakes.
Sara Montijo is a writer for Kloeckner Metals. She graduated with honors from NYU and has previously facilitated multimedia programming and worked alongside renowned chefs. Her friends call her a time warp.