Sixty-Five Years and Counting

On August 21, more than 100 Caterpillar and Solar Turbines friends and family celebrated Betty Reed’s 65 years of service. Mrs. Reed was honored with a special pin ceremony and dessert reception at Solar’s Harbor Drive facility.

Attendees included Betty’s granddaughter Heather Landry, who works at Harbor Drive as a Tool & Cutter Grinder, Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman, Energy and Transportation Group President Jim Umpleby and Caterpillar Vice President and Solar President Tom Pellette.

Throughout her 65 years, Betty Reed has exemplified the importance of putting Our Values into Action. This work ethic, in addition to her warm demeanor and positive attitude, has earned her great respect among co-workers and supervisors alike.

The City of San Diego also issued proclamation, naming September 12, 2014, Betty Reed Day in San Diego.

Born and raised in Solana Beach, California, Betty has always known the meaning of hard work. As a teen, she earned money by baby-sitting for 75 cents per day. When she learned of the opportunity to earn 65 cents an hour working at Solar, Betty was eager to land the job and to work alongside her husband, brother and cousin. Betty began work on November 13, 1942 as a General Assembler in National City, California. That plant closed in 1945, and Betty was transferred to the Harbor Drive facility in San Diego, where she now works in Building 13.

Throughout her 65 years of dedicated work, Betty has achieved an impressive feat of zero injuries. Her supervisor, Mohammad Karbasi, attributes this to Betty’s meticulous attention to detail.

“She is very careful. She also takes care of her equipment and is always 100 percent focused on the task at hand,” said Karbasi. “Betty gets the job done right the first time, and refuses to send on products that don’t meet quality standards.”

As a result of her tremendous work ethic, Betty sets an example to those around her.

“She keeps up with the best of them, and she’s been a mentor,” said Karbasi. “Everyone has a great deal of respect for what she says.”

When asked about 65 years of service, Betty said, “It’s a good company and I enjoy coming here every day. It’s been a pleasure.”

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