2022 has undoubtedly thrown some unexpected curve balls right out of the gate for our Everkem Team. If you were with us for last quarter’s newsletter, you would have learned that our long-time Production Manager, Bobby Hamm, had to take an immediate medical leave in early February.
Sadly, Bobby has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and has a long road to recovery ahead of him. So far, Bobby has persevered through major surgery and is now undergoing an intensive chemotherapy program.
Bobby has been a part of the Everkem family for almost 18 years and has played a pivotal role in our daily operations. He has been a driving force behind keeping the Everkem Team on point, our machines running, and our products shipping out the door. His DNA runs deep within the Everkem we all know and love today.
Losing Bobby as a team leader amid the worst labor and material shortage and rapidly escalating costs that we’ve experienced in company history was a shot right to the gut. It was another challenge on top of many others, and the prospect of overcoming it seemed like an insurmountable hurdle.
Bearing all that in mind, I am incredibly proud to say that our Everkem Team has dug deep and has come together like never before. We continue to move forward with hopeful hearts that Bobby will win his battle and that we will triumph through our challenges.
With only four weeks left for his chemotherapy, Bobby has been coming over on some evenings to help where he can. “It keeps my strength up and keeps me busy,” he says. His commitment is unmatched, and we are thankful to continue working and growing with Bobby on his way to recovery.