IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT
JIMMY STICKNEY, WASH AISLE LEAD B08, OMAHA, NE
How long have you been at AmeriPride?
I started with American Linen on June 20, 1978 so I’m coming up on my 40 year anniversary.
What areas have you worked in at the plant?
I’ve worked in all of the production departments. I’ve also worked in the stockroom and was the interim Assistant Production Manager.
Talk about your impressive family legacy at AmeriPride.
My whole family has worked for American Linen/AmeriPride at some point (unless otherwise noted, all worked at American Linen in Production):
Stan Stickney Sr., father, 43 years (started at Omaha Towel, which was purchased by American Linen in the 1960s)
Glen Hawley, uncle, 35 years
Patty Stickney, mother, 31 years
Stan Stickney Jr., brother, 10 years (currently working at AmeriPride)
Diane Stickney, sister, 10 years
Rich Stickney, uncle, 4 ½ years (Omaha Towel)
Rick Stickney, brother, 3 years
Jessica Allen, niece, 2 years
Bill Huff, uncle, 2 years (CSR)
Marie Stickney, sister-in-law, 2 years
Rose Stickney, aunt, 1 year
Jan Stickney, aunt, 6 months
Mabel Huff, grandmother, 5 months
Angus Stickney, grandmother, 4 months
What are some of the changes you’ve seen over the years?
Washers are much easier to use now. They didn’t have extractors, which remove excess water, in the past. I would open the front of a washer and water would come pouring out. Because of this, garments would go through the tunnel system soaking wet. We also had to manually measure and put chemicals in the washers. Now it’s pumped in according to the information you enter on the computer panel attached to it. I even remember ironing many garments by hand back then.
In the summer, the temperature in the plant would reach 140 to 200 degrees. I had a thermometer in my area so when people complained I could tell them it wasn’t THAT bad. In the winter, I would wear a coat because it got so cold. There are more advanced processes now that make the production area warmer in the winter and cooler in summer; compared to the way it used to be, it feels like it’s actually air conditioned.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I simply enjoy coming to work every day.
What’s your biggest accomplishment with AmeriPride?
I’d have to say it’s washing 65,000 pounds of clothes and linens in one day.
What is the most difficult product to wash?
Our white napkins! Keeping them bright white isn’t easy.
Since we’re in the business of laundering, do you iron your own clothes?
I launder my clothes. (Read: Jimmy is not a fan of ironing.)
When you’re not washing our customer’s workwear and linens, what are your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy keno, fishing, yard work and bargain hunting.
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