Lloyd Dawson doesn’t know how many miles he’s logged commuting back and forth to Eastman, but it would be a safe guess that he has driven well more than 100,000 miles between Greene County, Tenn., and Kingsport, Tenn.
Dawson has been commuting to work for nearly 52 years, making him the current Eastman team member with the longest length of service. He hired on at Eastman on September 11, 1968, just a few months after his graduation from North Greene High School. He started on a cleanup crew and today serves as a technologist associate in the Chemical Manufacturing division.
“On September 11, 1968, I started out in Building 226, which then was Kodel, in the continuous filament section working cleanup. Building 226, Building 102, Building 98 were the old yarn services,” he says. “I came off cleanup and went into what they call the Bobbin Room. There, they had what they called yarn haulers, but I never did get to that point. I was working in the Bobbin Room, preparing bobbins for the spinning and yarn areas. I transferred out acetate yarn into organic chemicals in the 70s. I worked as a stacker driver in Building 90 and Building 3 — Building 3 no longer exists. It’s torn down.”
Dawson moved into Building 57 operations in the mid-1970s and was eventually named a relief foreman, now called a utility operation. He moved to hydroquinone production in 1980 and was made a team manager. He’s worked in hydroquinone since.