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Best Places to Work in 2019

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Best Places to Work in 2019

Hussey Seating Selected as a 2019 Best Places to Work in Maine

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North Berwick, Maine – Hussey Seating Company was recently named as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Maine. The awards program was created in 2006 and is a project of the Society for Human Resource Management - Maine State Council (MESHRM) and Best Companies Group.

“We are excited to earn the designation but find the real value in this survey is to better understand our employees needs.  We have learned a great deal about what we’re doing well on and where we need to improve,” said Cindy Talbot, Director of Human Resources at Hussey Seating.

President and CEO of Hussey Seating, Gary Merrill, continued with, “We will continue to work diligently to improve the Hussey Seating employee experience and plan to improve upon/expand the changes made this year but I for one am glad that the rest of the state can see what I see every day; that Hussey Seating IS one of the best places to work in Maine.”

This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Maine, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2019 Best Places to Work in Maine list is made up of 100 companies in three size categories: small (15-49 U.S. employees), medium (50-249 U.S. employees) and large (250+ U.S. employees).  

About Hussey Seating Company
A family-owned company founded in 1835, Hussey Seating Company is a world leader in developing and manufacturing seating solutions for the sports and entertainment, education, and worship markets. Hussey's high-quality range of seating includes fixed polymer and upholstered chairs, telescopic platforms, telescopic gym seating (traditionally known as gym bleachers), and portable folding chairs. 

Contact:
Stephanie Whitman
Marketing Manager
swhitman@husseyseating.com
207-676-0288

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CHRIS ROBINSON

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CHRIS ROBINSON

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August 22, 2019 - North Berwick, Maine –“A business is only as a good as its people, and last week we lost one of the best,” said Gary Merrill, President and CEO of Hussey Seating Company. Chris Robinson, Director of Marketing and Communications at Hussey Seating Company since 2005 passed away suddenly on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, he was 57 years old. “I know I can speak for the company and certainly our Marketing team that we are shocked and heartbroken for not only our Hussey Seating family but for Chris’s beloved wife Brigitte and his two children, Ian and Phoebe,” Merrill continued. 

Chris began with Hussey Seating in 2005 as the Marketing Communications Manager and his communication skills, business acumen and dedication to quality quickly accelerated him through the ranks to become Director of Marketing and Communications. Prior to his career at Hussey Seating Chris owned and operated an ad agency, RMInteractive.

He was an integral member of many strategic initiatives and product development advancements. “Chris’s intelligence, innovative thinking, take charge attitude and leadership was only part of what made him such a valued team member. Those who knew him best will remember his kindness, his unwavering support for his employees, and his many ‘Proud Dad’ stories. He was endlessly proud of his children and spoke often about their many accomplishments.” said Sean O’Leary, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Chris lived life to the fullest in all aspects. Doing anything ‘halfway’ was not an option whether it was his life as a musician, entrepreneur, boat enthusiast, colleague, father, husband and friend. He had a larger than life personality and befriended many at Hussey Seating Company and throughout Hussey Seating’s exclusive dealer network. 

Media Contact:
Stephanie Whitman
Marketing Manager 
swhitman@husseyseating.com
207-676-0288

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2nd Annual Timothy B. Hussey Award Goes To...

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2nd Annual Timothy B. Hussey Award Goes To...

2nd Annual Timothy B. Hussey Award Goes To... 

The Timothy B. Hussey Achievement Award replaces the previously named Chairman's Award as of 2017, but the message remains the same; to honor an outstanding employee who demonstrates exceptional performance, outstanding leadership and/or a significant contribution to enhance the present well-being or future of Hussey Seating Company. 

Congratulations to Ken Burgess on your outstanding achievements! Ken is Hussey Seating's Installation Supervisor & On-site Safety Coordinator and since returning to the company five years ago, Ken has been the face of Hussey Seating at project installations, product demonstrations, and sales calls. He is known by anyone who works with him as truly an expert in his field.  His expertise is sought after externally by dealers and independent installers regardless of the time of day.  Customers reach out to him directly for operational issues and to request parts for configuration changes.  Internally, Ken’s one hour stops into the office frequently become four hours when the word gets out that he’s here.  “Let’s ask Ken” is a common phrase among engineers, project managers, customer service and others.  When Ken talks, people listen (and not just because he speaks loudly!).

Ken's colleagues missed him so much at company events they bring "Little Ken" or "LK" to events so he can feel like part of the gang while he's on the road. You'll often find "Little Ken" hanging out with the Major Projects team at BBQ's and participating in the annual Hussey Games.

Ken’s commitment to Hussey Seating Company and its customers is outstanding.  His work ethic is unparalleled; his commitment to “doing whatever it takes” to get the job done right and on-time is evident day in and day out; and his professionalism and knowledgeable presence in front of customers represents Hussey extremely well.  Ken is respected by customers, general contractors and subcontractors for the way he navigates a job from start to finish under very aggressive schedules and often challenging site conditions.  “That’s impossible” is never in Ken’s vocabulary and this attitude has converted many customers to big Hussey fans”.  Our customers always appreciate when Ken has worked the installation of their project, provided maintenance or service, or returned to re-train their staff.  Their feedback is they love Ken and his high level of customer service.  He represents Hussey in a true “family-owned company” fashion.

Ken has a way of envisioning the complete picture when he starts out on a new installation and is quick to get a read on everyone and everything. He never takes shortcuts or compromises on quality to get a job done sooner and at the same time, he never misses a deadline.  He accomplishes this through shear will and determination; accepting no excuses and showing little tolerance for the mediocre.  His standards are high and he expects the same of others. 

Ken has worked as the installation supervisor this past year on several high-profile projects including the United Center, McCormick Event Center and BB&T Arena.  At the same time, he was  a mentor for our new supervisor, Rodney Ford on Vivint Arena and Kansas City Convention Center and  spent more time reviewing the work of independent installers and troubleshooting problems to ensure work was done to Hussey’s latest projects to his high standards. 

Congratulations Ken and thank you for all that you do! 

Media Contact
Stephanie Whitman
swhitman@husseyseating.com
+1 207 676 0288 

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      Supporting Team Paul at the Maine TakeSteps - Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation  Hussey Seating Company and the Hussey Family are honored to sponsor   Team Paul   at the Maine TakeSteps - Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation event on May 19, 2018.  Richard “Dick” Larochelle has served on the Hussey Seating Board of Directors for over 22 years and will be stepping down this July. The Company and the Hussey Family wanted to provide Dick with a gift in appreciation for years of outstanding council and advice he has provided to both the family and management while a member of the Board.  Dick asked us to consider supporting this year’s TakeSteps event at Payson Park in Portland, ME where his son, Paul, is one of this year’s Honorees.  We are thrilled to be able to make a contribution to Team Paul, in support of this extraordinary foundation while honoring Dick Larochelle for his commitment to Hussey Seating.  Thank you, Dick and good luck Paul! If you would like to support Team Paul at the Maine TakeSteps event  click here  .   ~The Hussey Family & Hussey Seating Company.

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Supporting Team Paul at the Maine TakeSteps - Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

Hussey Seating Company and the Hussey Family are honored to sponsor Team Paul at the Maine TakeSteps - Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation event on May 19, 2018.

Richard “Dick” Larochelle has served on the Hussey Seating Board of Directors for over 22 years and will be stepping down this July. The Company and the Hussey Family wanted to provide Dick with a gift in appreciation for years of outstanding council and advice he has provided to both the family and management while a member of the Board.

Dick asked us to consider supporting this year’s TakeSteps event at Payson Park in Portland, ME where his son, Paul, is one of this year’s Honorees.

We are thrilled to be able to make a contribution to Team Paul, in support of this extraordinary foundation while honoring Dick Larochelle for his commitment to Hussey Seating.

Thank you, Dick and good luck Paul! If you would like to support Team Paul at the Maine TakeSteps event click here.

~The Hussey Family & Hussey Seating Company.

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