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WATER VALLEY – Solero Industries dedicated a new lab to a former longtime employee during a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon. The lab, located in a second-floor room at the Water Valley plant on Hwy. 32, will be utilized to build prototype parts for prospective new customers.
Solero Technologies CEO Dr. Donald James welcomed family members of the late Tom Lofton, the longtime employee who died in May. Lofton’s widow, Tonya Lofton, and their five children attended the ribbon cutting along with other family members.
“Tom embodied the Solero values and demonstrated many positive attributes of a true team player,” Dr. James told the group. “He had a strong work ethic, a sense of duty, and an ‘All In!’ mindset.”
Lofton had assisted on the new lab and workspace, titled S.E.N.D. (Simultaneous Engineering of New Designs). Work underway inside the lab was demonstrated during the ribbon cutting including testing for a suspension solenoid designed for an electric vehicle manufacturer.
Plant manager Tom Tkack stressed the importance of exploring new markets and developing sustainability that will drive the company into the future.
“To do that, we thought it was appropriate that we have a workspace that is dedicated to help support and grow the company,” Tkack explained. “No one was better to meet that charge than Tom and his facility team.”
Tkack noted that the plant’s 50th anniversary was celebrated last December and S.E.N.D. will help the plant be productive for another half-century.
Lofton’s family member shared that he invested a lot of blood, sweat and tears into the plant during his career. They also said he loved his co-workers.
“On holidays he cooked food and brought it to his co-workers at the plant,” his daughter added.