Jan. 22, 2007

A supreme leader retires

Long-time Dura Supreme VP Roy Scherer retires after 43 years

By Jennifer Gallus
Staff Writer

“I had to walk a mile, not for a cigarette, but for you. You’re the greatest,” said Dura Supreme employee Brenda Schultz as she hugged retiring Vice President Roy Scherer of Dura Supreme during his retirement party.

Schultz was referring to the long walk she took from her work area, across the expanse of the facility, to the lunch room where the party was held.

Anyone familiar with Dura Supreme in Howard Lake is well aware of what kind of square footage one may travel from one end of the building to the other.

Scherer was the center of attention as people from every area of the company made time to say their good-byes to the well-respected leader.

“We’re going to miss you,” was the main sentiment heard over and over at the event.

“He has a very unique management style. It sure will be different here without him. A lot of people around here say they will miss that,” Dura Supreme employee Traci Torgerson said.

“I graduated from the University of Minnesota and came right to work at Dura. At that time, it was located in Fridley. I’ve been here ever since,” Scherer said.

“I started as a controller. I’ve done everything here at one time or another,” Scherer laughed.

A controller does all the accounting and handles the books, Scherer explained.

“I’ll miss the daily contact with all the wonderful people there, and the friendships I made. I’ll still see them, but not every day,” he said.

Scherer was the vice president and general manager of the corporation for about 20 years.

“When I resigned, I resigned all my titles. I’m still a notary though – that’s about it,” Scherer laughed.

His future plans include travelling more, spending more time at their lake place, snowmobiling, golfing, and fishing.

“The jobs I have now are all from a ‘honey-do’ list – and it’s getting longer every day,” Scherer laughed.

“It’s been a long, good run. I enjoyed the people. I was treated fairly. I achieved my goals in life. I was vice president of the corporation, which was the highest I could go,” he said.

“Now, I’m going to spend more time with my family,” Scherer said.

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