Yakima, WA – Borton Fruit would like to recognize Larry Gamache as our featured employee of the month for June. Larry has been with Borton’s for 22 years, and has been a key employee in many arenas since he’s been a part of our family here.
Larry was born and raised in Moxee, Washington. He was the 9th born out of 18 Children. “We grew up on a ranch growing primarily Hop’s, but we did plant and start growing apples a little later on as well” stated Larry. While helping on the ranch, Larry graduated from Marquette High School and then went onto JM Perry Institute to complete the electrical engineering program. His first job out of college was with a company called National Cash Register. Larry worked there for 8 ½ years gaining specialty training in mechanical trouble shooting. He then returned to his family ranch for about 15 years where he was able to use his skills with farming machinery. “However, handling hops and apples, digging ditches and driving tractors took its toll on my back and I had to re-evaluate what I wanted to do.
Larry came to work for Borton Fruit in 1993. When he started with the company, he helped with the wiring of the waterfalls, ponds and fountains at the Apple Tree Golf Course. “In addition to helping over at the golf course, I also implemented many electrical upgrades on the pack lines and in the storage rooms for the fruit company,” Larry said. Larry has supervised our packing line mechanics for the past 20 years, evolving all of our electric work to be in compliance with this ever-changing industry.
Larry married his beautiful wife Karen 39 years ago and decided to move his family out to West Valley about 23 years ago. Larry and Karen had 6 children and to date now have 14 grandchildren. Larry has enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports as well as being involved in many other activities. Spending time with family is very important to him. “I enjoyed watching my kids play sports while growing up and I’m continuing to enjoy watching my grandkids, like my grandson Logan who made the varsity soccer team as a freshman this year at West Valley High School, it’s great to see the ambition that is following each generation in my family” Larry said.
Borton Fruit would like to thank Larry for all of the hard work and dedication over the years. You are a true asset to our team and the accomplishments Borton Fruit has made over the years in staying up to date with our machinery out in the warehouse. We appreciate all you do Larry!
Posted June 23, 2015
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