Roger Klug started talking about retirement as he neared age 65 a few years ago, but his bosses wouldn't hear of it.
Klug had been the 13th employee at the company, Alexandria Industries, when he joined in 1971. He had unique skills from the start, when he was the only one who "corrected" aluminum extrusion molds by grinding away precise slivers — by hand — until the mold met specifications. Over the years he excelled at picking up the newest technologies.
In a tight labor market with accelerating baby boomer retirements, his experience made him too valuable for the company to lose. He eventually agreed to a two-day workweek, with more days filling in for vacationing co-workers.
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