A group of more than 600 Milford-based employees and many retired employees gathered on July 17, 2012, at CTB’s Conference Center in Milford, IN, USA, to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary.
CTB was founded as Chore-Time in 1952 and is a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of systems and solutions for producing grain, poultry, pigs and eggs. Additional celebratory events are planned at CTB’s other locations in the US and around the world later this summer.
Greeting attendees, Victor A. Mancinelli, CTB president and chief executive officer, described the anniversary as an opportunity to “bring many of our people together and express gratitude to all for the hard work put forth these many years.” He remarked that, “the company was very fortunate to have had a core group of founders and early employees who were passionate, dedicated and visionary.”
Mancinelli also noted that “the value system which began with our founders … was handed down to us over the years and to this day defines us and makes us who we are.” Those core values start with “the cornerstone of integrity” and include a “dedication to new ideas, newer products, being different by design, and giving our customers more, so that we can make them even more successful.”
CTB has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway since 2002, and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett also offered employees a congratulatory video greeting. “You’ve got to have a good feeling about what you do at CTB,” Buffett said. “You’re helping feed the world, and nothing is more important than that.” Buffett concluded, “I couldn’t feel better about being your partner.”
The programme included recollections by a number of individuals hired by CTB during the company’s first three decades including retirees Dick Mundy and Pat Farm, current employees Chuck Bird and Roger Hollinger, and early employee and inventor Eldon Hostetler. A video was also shown of company founder Howard Brembeck (1910-2010) and original co-owner Forrest Ramser (1925-2010) speaking in 2002 about their philosophy of doing business. A meal was served to all attendees after the programme.