As I write Friday morning, we are desperately searching for a boom truck to remove our new baler from a semi.
I have learned several things this morning. Some big equipment cannot be lifted with forks. They must be lifted from above.
Next time, I will ask that question – if there is a next time. New balers are not purchased on a regular basis. The one we have is 20 years old.
There are several boom trucks in town. Some are out of town working. Others are down. Some businesses that have a boom truck are only certified to use it for their business, not others like us.
There have been several learning curves in the 25 years the recycling program has been operating.
Our first shipment was paper packed into little boxes. There were pallets in the truck but I was not familiar with how loading and unloading with pallets worked, so the boxes were piled wherever they fit.
That load of small boxes was a real challenge to unload. The receiver commented that he understood that often people with intellectual challenges are part of recycling programs.
I didn’t bother to let him know I was responsible.
In the early days I was good at finding information and administration. I knew nothing about managing space and shipping.
Bob Fortier volunteered almost every day the first 15 years. He had worked in the warehouse before retiring so he knew about operating equipment like forklifts, and how to solve equipment and space problems.
My learning curve was much easier because of Bob.
As we celebrate 25 years this month I know Bob’s commitment and skills are a significant factor in our success.