December, 2011 - Leo
to Leo Aberle for being selected the Morris, Inc.
Employee/Safety Employee of the Month for December
2011. Leo was
hired at Morris, Inc. June 11, 1998.
He began as a truck driver and roller
operator for the asphalt lay-down crew, where he
worked for many years prior to moving to the
Most recently Leo has been our field
equipment fueler, going out to the departments and
job sites to make sure the equipment stays fueled
Over the years, Leo has been a great example to
He’s on time each day, has a smile on his
face no matter what, would do anything to help a
fellow employee, and has patiently trained many of
our less experienced employees.
Leo is very pleasant to be around and treats
everyone with the utmost respect.
He has safety at the forefront in everything
he does, he watches out for those around him, and he
is a true gentleman.
Leo’s last day at Morris, Inc. was January 13th.
He will be greatly missed!
Thank you, Leo, for all your years of true
dedication and hard work.
November, 2011 - Theo
Inc. would like to congratulate Theodore “Theo”
Adamson for being selected the Employee/Safety
Employee of the Month for November 2011.
Theo has been with Morris, Inc. a little over
a year and has made an impression in that short
His brother, Anthony, started in March of 2010 and
in July Theo came to join him.
Prior to his move to Pierre, he had been
working as a laborer/operator with Weatherton
Contracting in Beresford, South Dakota.
At Morris, Inc., he started out as a laborer
and soon began operating equipment.
He has good attendance and thinks safety at
Theo puts forth extra effort on the job and
has a positive attitude with a good sense of humor.
He is always available to help out and do
more than is asked of him.
He worked many long hours during the flood
this past summer, and did so with no complaints and
a smile on his face.
It is always a pleasure to work with, and to
be around Theo.
He is an asset to Morris, Inc.
In his time off, Theo enjoys hanging out with
friends and family, especially when the weather
allows him to use the outdoor grill.
Thank you, Theo, and congratulations!
October, 2011 - Rod
Dowling was chosen the Morris, Inc. Employee/Safety
Employee of the Month for October 2011.
Rod has worked for Morris, Inc. since August
He began as a laborer in the general services
department and is now a valued finish blade operator
and job foreman.
Rod also works as a mechanic in the shop when
winter weather sets in.
Before coming to Morris, Inc., Rod worked for
the Jones County Highway Department and prior to
that, as a farm hand in the Presho area.
He is always at work on time and is ready to
go when he walks in the door.
Rod’s work ethic surpasses all others.
He is a very good communicator, listens and
gets other involved when making decisions.
He never complains and is a steady, calm
presence in stressful situations.
Rod is an employee who can run any piece of
equipment, and can maintain the equipment as well.
Rod is very safety conscious and gives input
based on his years of experience.
He is always looking out for those around
him, ensuring their safety and teaching others along
Rod has an awesome attitude and is very
He wears a smile and is fun to be around.
Rod and his wife Kim have been married for 34
years and have 4 children:
Dustin, Natasha, Dylan and Taylor, and 7
In his spare time, Rod likes to hunt, fish,
and spoil the grandkids and send them home!
Thank you, Rod, for all your years of hard
work and dedication to Morris, Inc.
September, 2011 -
Inc. would like to congratulate Dustin Warnke for
being voted our September 2011 Employee/Safety
Employee of the Month.
Although Dustin has not
been with Morris, Inc. as long as some, he has made
a great impression in his short time here.
Dustin was hired as a
mechanic for the Supply Store in April of this year.
He grew up on a dairy
farm and most recently worked in Aberdeen before
coming to Ft Pierre.
Although Dustin’s main
duty is to maintain our small engine equipment, he
is very versatile and has been helpful in many other
areas since coming to Morris, Inc.
The 2011 flood hit
shortly after Dustin’s arrival to the community, and
he worked around the clock on the levee projects,
doing whatever was necessary at any given time.
Dustin filled sandbags,
ran equipment, laid sandbags and maintained pumps,
all while continuing to satisfy customers at the
Dustin is always at
work, has a great safety attitude, and is nice to be
He will take charge of
a situation when necessary and has great
In his spare time,
Dustin enjoys throwing darts, hunting, fishing,
camping, playing pool and hanging out with his
girlfriend Jill and his dog Marshall.
Thank you, Dustin, for
your great attitude and your drive to get the job
We appreciate it!
August, 2011 - Rick
employees of Morris, Inc. have selected Rick Stuwe
as the August Employee/Safety Employee of the Month.
Rick is a welder in the welding shop who came
to Morris, Inc. in May 1996.
He grew up in the Hoven area and worked in
Aberdeen prior to coming to us.
Rick is a steady worker, is reliable and
innovative and is a very valuable employee.
He regularly comes in early and stays late.
Rick always finds a way to make things work;
he is a very good problem solver.
He is a key welder for our aggregate
department, and spends a lot of time in our gravel
pits, building guards and keeping equipment running.
He is self-motivated and works well on his
own or with the team.
Rick has a great attitude and is a good
example to others when it comes to safety and
keeping his truck neat and clean.
Rick has a cheerful attitude and is polite
and hard working.
Through the years, Rick has been nominated
for employee of the month many times, and this is
not the first time he’s won.
This goes to show he is consistent,
well-liked and hard-working.
In his spare time, Rick enjoys woodworking,
hunting, and farming.
He and his wife Vonnie have three children –
two grown daughters (Melissa and Kelli) and a son,
Ben, who is in high school.
Thank you, Rick, for all you do day in and
day out at Morris, Inc.
July, 2011 - Chad
Inc. is proud to announce that Chad Turman is our
July 2011 Employee/Safety Employee of the Month.
Chad came to Morris, Inc. in March 1999.
He drove truck for us for many years, and
then worked in the general services department as an
equipment operator where he eventually became a
Recently, Chad has begun training to become
the company’s general superintendent.
Chad’s temperament and his overall knowledge
of the industry make him the right person for the
is well liked and respected by people in all areas
of the company, from the mechanic shop to the ditch.
Chad takes safety seriously and to the next
He always has a smile and seems to be having a good
time while remaining professional.
He is willing to put in the hours necessary
to get the job done, and the levee building project
was proof of that!
He is willing to accept more responsibility
and he enjoys learning.
He keeps a positive attitude, even when
things are stressful.
Chad is very conscientious and makes no
assumptions – he does what’s necessary to do the job
right the first time.
Chad and his wife, Kristi, have one son, Ty
feel fortunate to have Chad as a key employee at
June, 2011 - Chad
to Chad Bolte for being selected the Morris, Inc.
Employee/Safety Employee of the Month for June 2011.
Chad drives truck for our transportation
department and has been with the company since 1992.
Chad has taken on additional responsibilities
recently, running safety meetings and scheduling
trucks when his supervisor is away.
He stepped up to the plate and organized not
only our trucks, but several others at the start of
the levee building projects.
In a whirlwind of activity, Chad maintained a
sense of humor and his composure while getting very
little sleep, and with trucks running 24 hour a day.
While driving truck, Chad takes special care
to be sure that the customer gets the product they
want and that the delivery is satisfactory.
He seems to love what he does, and continues
to improve in all aspects of his job.
Over the years, Chad has become very safety
conscious and looks for areas to improve our safety
policies as well as to improve production.
What Chad takes most pride in are his
children, Caitlin and Chase.
Even with a hectic work schedule, he does all
he can to attend hockey games and dance recitals,
among many other activities.
Thank you, Chad, for your hard work and
dedication over the years.
May, 2011 - Clint
Inc. is proud to announce that Clint Namanny was
chosen as our May 2011 Employee/Safety Employee of
Clint is a welder in the welding shop, but is
one of those guys that can do almost anything
related to the construction industry.
Clint can be counted on to be at work, on
time, every day.
He celebrated 11 years with Morris, Inc. in
July and through the years has worked as an
equipment operator and a mechanic, but Clint took
welding classes at Western Dakota Vo-tech out of
high school and has been welding for us for the past
Clint was an invaluable asset during the levee
building process, making himself available at any
time to help run equipment, or do whatever was
needed at any particular time.
Clint has become a leader in the welding shop
and has stepped up to take on new challenges.
He is dependable and does excellent work.
In addition to all of these positive
attributes, Clint puts safety first in all he does.
Clint and his wife, Angie, have two children
– Domnick (6) and Piper (1 ½).
Thanks, Clint, for all you do at Morris, Inc.
February, 2011 - Derek
to Derek Hunsley for being selected the Morris, Inc.
Employee/Safety Employee of the Month for March
Derek came to Morris, Inc. in July 2010 and was
hired as a finish painter.
He grew up in Pierre, graduating from T.F.
Riggs High School and continuing his education in
Wapheton, ND and Sioux Falls studying autobody.
He has been a great asset to Morris, Inc. in
the short time he’s been with the company.
Derek’s talents have especially been useful
in our Manufacturing Department, with his
outstanding painting and bodywork abilities which
have allowed us to provide our customers equipment
that not only performs great, but looks great too.
His talents have also been greatly appreciated and
utilized on our company equipment and vehicles. The
first thing our customers see on a new product is
the paint, and Derek makes sure that they are not
He has taken on many other new and random
tasks, and is always willing to help out wherever
He will stay late or come in on weekends to
finish up a project.
Derek is very safety concious in all he does,
and his role has been greatly appreciated and
noticed at Morris, Inc.
Derek and his wife, Michelle, have three
great kids; Carson (9), Grayson (5), and Addison
Thank you, Derek, for all you do to make us look
good at Morris, Inc.!
January, 2011 - Joe Hammer
Inc. would like to congratulate Jordan “Joe” Hammer
for being chosen our Employee/Safety Employee of the
Month for January 2011.
Joe originally came to work for us in May
worked for 5 years as a welder in the welding shop
and left us for a few months in 2006, only to return
to work in the manufacturing department in February
Since that time, Joe has become a key member of the
manufacturing team, offering his ideas to
continuously improve designs on projects.
Joe is safety minded, speaks up at daily
safety meetings, and looks out for his fellow
He is detailed and quality oriented, and is willing
to help in virtually any capacity he’s able.
Joe is friendly and ready to lead and
instruct newly hired or unfamiliar people.
His welding skills are excellent, and his
willingness to think out of the box is helpful in
forging new, more efficient processes in designing
and building jigs.
Joe follows all safety rules and expects
everyone around him to do the same.
Joe is the proud daddy to 3-year-old Gabe.
Morris, Inc. is glad to have Joe as a part or
our manufacturing team.
Thank you, Joe, for all you do to keep safety
at the forefront, and for the talent you bring to
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