Alside® Celebrates 65-Year Team Member Service and Retirement

Retirement Luncheon: (left to right) Tom Tikkanen, John Fetter, Craig Morrison
John Fetter 35 Year celebration 1986

Alside®, a leading North American manufacturer and wholesale distributor of residential and light commercial exterior building products, celebrated the long-standing career of one of their own in December.

John Fetter, of Barberton, OH, celebrated his retirement from Alside after 65 years of service.

Fetter’s alliance with Alside started early, as he knew the company’s founders, the Kaufman family, from school. In 1951, at the ripe age of 18, he joined the Alside team as a truck driver at the original company location on Waterloo Road in Barberton. After a fire destroyed the building in 1956, Fetter moved with the company to its current location on State Road in Cuyahoga Falls, OH where both he and the company have remained ever since.

While he enjoyed truck driving among other duties during his lifetime career at Alside, Fetter commented that his favorite part of the job was always the people.

“My favorite takeaway and the best part about everyday was the people I worked with,” he said. “The people who surrounded me over the years at Alside became like family and always will be.”

After 38 years of working full-time for the company, Fetter is thankful to have been given the opportunity to shift to part-time employment for the last 27 years, which allowed him to spend more time with his now late wife. A proud grandfather of three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, he remains fully dedicated to his family as he enters full retirement.

“I plan on spending my retirement visiting family and traveling to be with my kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids,” Fetter added.

The company honored Fetter’s service with a luncheon and cake celebration attended by the transportation department, extended staff and senior management.

Alside wishes John Fetter a happy and fulfilling retirement, and extends him warm gratitude for 65 years of friendship and dedicated service.

About Alside

Alside, founded in 1947 and headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, is part of Associated Materials, LLC, a vertically integrated manufacturer and wholesale distributor of residential and light commercial exterior building products meeting the needs of homeowners, contractors, remodelers, builders, architects and property investors. Alside products include: vinyl windows and patio doors; vinyl siding, soffit and accessories; aluminum trim coil; aluminum and steel siding and accessories. These products are distributed in the U.S. on a wholesale basis to contractors, remodelers and builders through a network of 99 company-owned and -operated Alside Supply Centers, and over 100 independent distributor and direct dealer locations. Alside Supply Centers also distribute complementary building materials, including roofing, insulation, rainware, exterior doors, shakes, stone, decking, professional tools and supplies, and more. To learn more visit www.alside.com.

About Associated Materials, LLC

Associated Materials, LLC is a U.S. and Canadian manufacturer and distributor of residential and light commercial exterior building products meeting the needs of homeowners, contractors, remodelers, builders, architects and property investors. Manufactured at 11 facilities, the comprehensive product portfolio includes: vinyl windows and patio doors; vinyl siding, soffit and accessories; aluminum trim coil; aluminum and steel siding and accessories; vinyl railing and fencing. The company’s six core brands — Alside, Gentek, Revere, Alpine, Preservation and UltraGuard — are distributed to contractors, remodelers and builders through a dual-distribution network. Associated Materials owns and operates over 120 Supply Center wholesale locations in the U.S. (Alside) and Canada (Gentek), and also partners with over 400 independent distributors and direct dealers. In addition to company-manufactured products, Supply Centers distribute complementary building materials, including roofing, insulation, rainware, exterior doors, shakes, stone, decking, professional tools and supplies, and more. To learn more visit www.associatedmaterials.com.

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