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ArcelorMittal Machine Shop hosts retirement party Oct. 25

Chairing this year's ArcelorMittal Machine Shop Retirement Party are, from left to right, Milan Momcilovich, Robert Walker, John Schafer, Paul Carlson, Grady Gentles and Warren Kuehl.

SCHERERVILLE | The 56th annual ArcelorMittal Machine Shop Retirement Party, one of the longest running in the industry, will be held Oct. 25 at the Halls of St. George, 905 E. Joliet St.

Started in 1958 by a group of salary supervisors, Warren Kuehl, Bill Miston and Matt Starsovich, the event offered these skilled craftsmen, many of whom came to the company after WWII, a chance to share their shop stories and wish the retirees good luck.

The 200-man shop was a tight-knit group that worked around the clock making parts to keep the mills running.

The first party was held at the Cesar Batiste Hall in East Chicago, where it continued for more than 40 years until it was moved to the Crown Point Moose Lodge, and then its current home.

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Originally, each retiree was given a wallet with $5 in it for good luck, and when past retirees complained, they where given $3 each.

The yearly event is a gathering of approximately 80 retired and 20 active employees that share a dedication to keeping the party going. There is no piece of machinery in the mill that these men have not repaired or improved on over the span of their careers.

Anyone wishing to attend this year’s party is asked to contact Milan Momcilovich at the ArcelorMittal Machine Shop, (219) 399-5207 or Milan.Momcilovich@ArcelorMittal.com.

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