Oh my… maybe President Obama was right!


Early view of casting shop
(click on photos to enlarge)

I have seen the reports in the media how President Obama stated ‘you didn’t build that business by yourself’.  You know, he might have a valid point.  The other day my Mom and I were discussing some of the first employees of HAHN INDUSTRIES.  I asked her to make a list of who helped over the past fifty-three years in building our business.

For those of you in the Cullom area, look below.  Either your name is listed, a relative’s name, or someone you know.  <Anyone who is aware of someone we’ve missed, please let us know.>

As I look over the names, I think about the first car a teenager was able to purchase, a house payment made, school clothes bought,  help with college tuition, a paid electric or gas bill, a supplement to a farm income,  someone’s first job, or someone’s last job before retiring.  I see many good hard working people.  I also see many unforgettable characters, but I’ll keep those stories to myself.

Casting area

Everyone below knows what it’s like to work with their hands and get them dirty.  They know what it felt like to have a backache at night from lifting too much during the day. When you worked at HAHN INDUSTRIES you know what fresh cement smells like, you even know what it tastes like, and you can recall the distinct smell of the oil coated on the inside of a metal mold.  Many days you felt like you had just as much cement on your clothes, under your fingernails, and in your hair as the statues you were working on.  If you were a football player in high school, you didn’t have to go to a gym to beef-up, your strength training was dipping five gallon buckets into wet cement and lifting them out of the tub during the summers.  You can still hear the snap as wire was cut with bolt cutters, rods being cut with the electric saw, signaling along with the annoying sound of the mixer the next pour was about to begin.

Cement mixer

Each and everyone listed helped my parents build this business.  Of course, they would not have been able to do it by themselves.  As I said, many good people have helped them over the years. In some cases, I see more than one generation of a family.

However… I do not see anywhere a government agency listed below.  So, President Obama… It’s people who build businesses, not the government; you should rethink your position!

Later… Barbara

These people helped build HAHN INDUSTRIES

Anderson, Kathryn Hahn, Derek Moss, Ryan
Baker, Chad Hahn, Jan Murphy, Brenda
Bauerle, Bill Hahn, Jeanette Murphy, Ronnie
Bauerle, Milton Hahn, Jeff Nantista,  Sharon
Beneke, Fred Hahn, Joey Nettlingham, Jamie
Billerbeck, Patsy Hahn, Lester Nydma, Ian
Birch, Charles Hahn, Louis Ommen, William
Boma, Dorothy Hahn, Pearl Page, Dick
Bowen, Richard Hamilton, Jordan Paquette, Audra
Bracken, Danny Hamilton, Kate Parsons, Gene
Bradley, Nathaniel Harder, James Perring, Bill
Brenda,  Quinn Haren, Brian Perring, Jamie
Bushey, James Haren, Galen Perring, Phyllis
Chamness, Oletha Haren, Leslie Polizzi, Dustin
Clark, Betty Haren, Philip Polizzi, Joyce
Clark, Gabe Harms, Alan Polizzi, Kerry
Claussen, Clinton Harms, John Polizzi, Kevin
Clifton, Dale Harms, Kim Polizzi, Kirk
Clifton, David Harms, Theresa Read, Jeff
Clifton, Debbie Harwbaker, Evan Read, Jerry
Clifton, Vera Hayes, Michael Read, Tom
Coash, Elmo Haysalette, Edna Redenius, Melzine
Coash, Larry Heald, Justin Rogers, Pat
Coclasure, Brenda Hensley, Dan Rogers, Tim
Colehouser, Amy Heylin, Charlie Rork, Andrew
Cook, Dan Hills, Margie Roush, Pam
DeMattia, James Horn, Richard Saathoff, Junior
Demierre, Ronald Jenkins, Andrea Satterfield, Dough
Diebel, Kurt Jensen, Jeff Satterfield, Marve
Dietz, Rosie Johns, Viv Schade, Brian
Dohman, Marcia Kane, Paul Schiflet, Mike
Drajin, Cathy Kerrins, Bill Schoop, Ray
Drendel, Fred Koerner, Beth Ann Schramm, Jon
Earing, Kim Kubiack, Nick Shearer, John
Earing, Linda Kurtenbach, Amanda Shelby, Larry
Earing, Margaret Lang, Cammie Smolkovich, Barbara
Edwards, Hollis Lang, Tom Spray, Scott
Edwards, Jayne Larrigin, Linda Sterrenberg, Kae
Edwards, Marilyn Lee, Kenny Sterrenberg, Paul
Edwards, Tom Longmire, Terry Swearingen, Lynn
Emling, Tom Looney, Mac Taylor, Claudia
Falter, Matt Looney, Richard Thiele, Ron
Faust, Pat McCarlen, Jay Torbett, Collen
Feazel, Teri McCaughey, Francis Torbett, Nathaniel
Flessner, Eva McDermott, Bill Torbett, Rachael
Flessner, Terry McDowell, Gerry Ulitzh, John
Floyd, Michael Melvin, Jackie Wahls, Janet
Frantz, Evonne Melvin, Ray Wallette, John
Gash, Travis Meredith, David Wallrich, Angie
George, Betty Meredith, Debra Wallrich, Dallas
Gerdes, (not sure) Meredith, Josha Warren, Terry
Giasson, Cory Mill, Dick Wascher, David
Graham, Larry Mill, James Watton, Steve
Groskreutz, Tina Mills, Amy Wheeler, Paula
Haag, Jess Mills, Jan Williams, Barbara
Hack, Nicole Mills, John York, Alvin
Hahn, Barbara Mills, Rita
Hahn, Beryl Moore, Arica
Hahn, Chelsey Moore, Rick
Hahn, Danny Morrisette, Peggy

About Barbara

A small town girl trying to make a difference in my children's lives, my community, my business and myself. I am always writing a story in my head. One of my favorite quotes: "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." Ayn Rand

13 responses »

    • Miss Barb. this is Kirk Polizzi from Wilmington, NC. I do thank you for bringing to the attention of many that “people” not government make businesses work. Thanks to Barack Obama and his Socialistic policies I have chosen to become a Republican and am proud of it.

      Good job.

  1. Does cutting the grass around the storage area and rinsing out the rubber molds count? Your dad gave me my very first Cub Cadet riding lawn mower job in maybe ’64 or 65?

    • Hi Josh, I do believe you are right… she did work here… I’ll have to try and figure out how to get her added to our list on here. Glad to hear you’re moving back to Cullom!

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