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Same job 40 years on

Lincoln BertelliSouth Western Times
B & J Catalano earthmoving supervisor Chris Hogan brought up 40 years with the company last week. Credit: Jon Gellweiler
Camera IconB & J Catalano earthmoving supervisor Chris Hogan brought up 40 years with the company last week. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Forty years in one job is a rare achievement, but for Chris Hogan his job at B&J Catalano is all that he has known.

Mr Hogan, known as Jacko within the Brunswick-based company, began his journey as an apprentice mechanic after leaving Harvey Senior High School as a 15-year-old.

Chris Hogan
Camera IconChris Hogan

Four decades later, the 55-year-old is now a supervisor at Catalano’s earthmoving division and has no plans to leave the company any time soon.

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“Being a local Brunswick boy, I’ve never had any reason to go anywhere else,” Mr Hogan said.

“If I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t be here.

“The job certainly has a lot of challenges and a lot of variety.

“I’m surrounded by a lot of good people – fellow supervisors, mechanics and the other apprentices coming through.”

Mr Hogan brought up the 40-year milestone last Tuesday and noted safety and technology as being two of the biggest changes during his time at the company.

Managing director and company co-founder Bill Catalano paid credit to Mr Hogan, describing him as being “family”.

“He is one of those blokes who never stops working,” Mr Catalano said.

“He is very dedicated to his job and has got a great personality and is a really good coordinator and supervisor.

“He sets an example and people like him make me find something within myself and keep me accountable. Without those blokes, I wouldn’t be here.”

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