McClung Cos. Loses 65-Year Veteran Who Witnessed Technological Revolution
WAYNESBORO, Va. — McClung Cos. announced the loss of Woody Huffman, a longtime employee, on Nov. 23, 2016. at the age of 93. Although Mr. Huffman retired in 2012 for a second time — he first retired from the company in 1988, but returned shortly afterwards as a part-time employee because he wanted to keep busy — he remains a legend.
According to McClung's website, Mr. Huffman holds the record for the longest employment at the company, an impressive 65 years. Starting as a pressman, he later became a production manager and eventually was named VP of operations. After the unfortunate passing of his brother-in-law — the founder of the company — Mr. Huffman became plant manager.
"Woody had a major impact on our company culture," noted Tom Trevillian, McClung Cos. chairman, in a release from the company.
Such an impact in fact that when the company expanded its facility in 2008, it named the new pressroom after him: the Woody Huffman Building. A portrait of Mr. Huffman — which was presented to him after his first retirement in 1988 — also hangs in the main hallway of the company's headquarters.
Trevillian explained in an email to Printing Impressions that he likens Woody's effect to that of a pebble being thrown into a pond, citing the ripple that it causes.
"He touched many lives, leaving a positive impact," Trevillian said.
Perhaps most incredible is fact that Mr. Huffman was loyal to the company for so long that he was able to witness a printing revolution. In 1947, when he joined the company, McClung was utilizing a letterpress that could print one color on an 8x10˝ or 12x18˝ sheet, according to the company's website. Now, McClung operates offset presses that can print five colors on 23x29˝ sheets, completely controlled by computers.
Which, by the way, is one form of technology that Trevillian said he had the pleasure of introducing to Mr. Huffman.
"Introducing Woody, at 63, to a computer in 1986 — what fun that was!" he joked.