The pioneering spirit of this company was born early and laid a strong foundation for future generations. Eastman has current team members who proudly serve as fourth and fifth generation employees and who possess values they say were passed on by those who came before them. These are their stories.
As children of a third-generation Eastman team member, neither Cameron Morelock nor his younger sister, Bri Morelock Jorgenson, had any interest in joining the company. Cameron envisioned a career either in marine biology or pharmacy. Bri’s interests were as a veterinarian or nurse.
But, as so often happens, Cameron and Bri did join their father, Brian R. Morelock, making them the fourth generation of Morelocks at the Kingsport, Tenn., site. All total, the Morelock family has 75 years of service at Eastman, from 1936 to 1962 (26 years) and from 1971 to present (49 years).
“My family has worked hard at Eastman,” Brian says. “When people talk about my grandfather and my father, they all say, ‘They were good men.’ I want us to continue that legacy. I enjoy watching Cameron and Brianna growing in their Eastman careers. My dad was a lab technician at Eastman and Cameron hired in as a lab technician and was recently promoted to lab technologist. Brianna is a graphic designer and has been part of some great projects at Eastman. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve people, challenge them to work hard, and help them achieve their goals. Eastman challenges us to work hard, improve performance, and continue to learn and innovate.”
Brian grew up in Kingsport. His father, Gilbert Lee Morelock Jr., was a lab technician in research. He died in 1964. His grandfather, Gilbert Lee Morelock Sr., retired from Acetate Yarn division in 1962 and passed away in 1978. Brian’s sister, Becky Morelock Bacon, worked in medical records and in the research library before she died in 1992.
Brian recalls attending Horse Krickers on Saturday mornings, the Eastman Christmas parties in Building 89, and roller skating with friends in B89.
“When the Toy F. Reid Employee Center opened, we enjoyed going to movies and playing pool upstairs. As parents, we enjoyed taking Cameron to the Employee Center for the company Christmas party,” he recalls.