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Paul Andersen- March 01, 2010 - Report this comment
My father worked at Norton Company (as did many family members)from his youth until his death in 1967. Don't know if the Memorial Hall still exisits in the Admin Bld. Remember foldly the family feel in the 1950s/1960s, esp the Thanksgiving turkeys, summer family fair, and Norton Beach on Indian Lake. Now owned by St. Gobain of France, it's much changed.
Rick Bottcher- August 28, 2011 - Report this comment
My grandfather worked for this company when he came from Europe in 2005. He later left and went into real estate. I live in Michigan now so I have no memories of Norton.
Robin- April 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember friends working at Norton's in the 1970s ... with all the dust in the air, they called it "Snortin' Nortons". I couldn't get hired there because I had been asthmatic as a young teen. No way would they let someone with respiratory any issues work in such a HIGH (abrasive) dust atmosphere.
Sharon- December 07, 2013 - Report this comment
does anyone know what the job of a mixer was at norton in the 40's and 50's? what did they mix?
russell warren cheney,spud- January 22, 2015 - Report this comment
my daddy worked and retired from nortons in worcester mass SPUD, RUSSELL CHENEY. REST IN PEACE DADDY! HARD WORKER, JACK OF ALL TRADES.ONE HELL OF A MACHINIST
Linda S- July 28, 2015 - Report this comment
Just about everyone worked at Nortons. My Dad worked there till he retired in the 80's,worked where they made the grinding wheels. My Mom worked there in the central cafeteria and I did for a couple years after high school in 69, in Plant 7 Cafeteria. I lived on Bourne Steet, right across from Nortons, so could just walk to work. Used to have their own Beach, you had a pass if a family member worked there, it was on Indian Lake, right across from Plant 7. I remember going to the Nortons Outings every year with my parents, they had those funny beanies they gave out to wear. Always had good entertainment and great food, it was wonderful family get together for all Norton employees. THat was in the good old days for sure. What companies do that now? I hear the beach is now sold to the YMCA. It was a great hangout in the summer, late 60's as a teenager. Can't forget those great big Thanksgiving Turkeys they gave out to all employees. It was a wonderful company to work for back then.
Cathy- July 18, 2016 - Report this comment
My mother retired from Norton Company. My best memories are helping her at Christmas at the Worcester Center to pass out Turkeys with Santa. I would wear a ref skirt and white blouse with black boots and a santa hat. I remember my mother would let me spend afternoon at the Norton Beach during the summers. It was sad to see Norton selling the beach. Its a shame todays companies dont have those same work life environments. Some of us are the last the old days.
Robin C- May 18, 2017 - Report this comment
My father worked at Norton's as a mechanical, electrical engineer during the 60's and early 70's. I remember family outings, carnivals, learning to swim on Indian Lake. When my father became sick and then died in November 72 the company provided us with Thanksgving dinner. I know that the vice-presidents were very helpful to my mom.
Kevin- September 10, 2020 - Report this comment
My dad was an electrician there for decades. We lived nearby. I found it awesome that the company had their own hospital,police, and fire dept. They also had a rifle range ,with a junior rifle club every Saturday, which I attended starting at age 11
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