A fond farewell

Euroglaze is losing one of its most familiar faces – and voices – this month when Dorothy Pettit, the company’s credit controller, retires after 30 years with the business.

Defying the ageing process and now approaching her mid-70s, Dorothy has enjoyed her time with the company so much that she has been reluctant to hang up her phone and put away her spreadsheets.

She joined Euroglaze at its original home in Dewsbury in 1989 but moved with the company to Barnsley in the early 1990s, initially as an accounts clerk and then later as finance and admin manager and PA to Martin Nettleton, Euroglaze’s managing director.

“Euroglaze has always been a family business and, like everyone who works here, I have always felt part of that family,” Dorothy said. “Over my time here, lots of other window companies have come and gone, but the quality and values which make Euroglaze special have remained, even as we have developed and expanded.

‘From the days when the accounts were written out in a diary and we had just a few fabricators on the factory floor to where we are now as a £multi-million business, I’m proud of what we have achieved together over so many years. I’ll be keeping in touch to see how things are going and looking back fondly over what has been a wonderful final chapter in my career.”

Dorothy will be leaving Euroglaze with a rather unusual legacy: a plant, nicknamed ‘the money plant’ which she brought with her from the Dewsbury factory to Barnsley and placed in the company’s reception. Nurtured by Dorothy, it has become almost a symbol of the company’s strength and durability and, like Euroglaze, it has grown considerably over the years.

Martin said: “She has been a mainstay of Euroglaze through plenty of highs and a few lows as well. I know customers as well as staff and myself personally will miss her tremendously but, after 30 years, she has definitely earned a long and relaxing retirement.”

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