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GM Worker Retires After 67 Years with the Company

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Prior to his retirement, Elmer Zurakowski was the highest seniority hourly employee at GM

The Warren Tech Center was Zurakowski’s final place of employment at GM
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Companies like General Motors tend to produce some measure of employee loyalty. Still, Elmer Zurakowski took his company loyalty to the next level.

After 67 years of working at General Motors, Zurakowski is finally retiring from his job.


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Zurakowski first joined the General Motors team back in 1951, at the company’s Plant 23 location in Detroit. At the time, Zurakowski was hoping to get a job in woodworking, a skill he picked up while working on the family farm.

Instead, GM offered him a metalworking position. Zurakowski set aside his woodworking abilities as a hobby and began his work as a die-maker apprentice.

Over the years, Zurakowski’s various jobs at GM helped him support his family. Zurakowski and his wife had three daughters and a son.


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Most recently, Zurakowski held a position at the Warren Tech Center. Prior to his retirement, Zurakowski was the highest seniority hourly employee for all of GM’s operations, according to the United Automobile Workers.

Zurakowski says that he will miss his fellow employees, but looks forward to spending more time with and family and focusing on his woodworking hobby. When asked about how to achieve success in the workplace, he had this to say:

“If you don’t get your pleasure out of your work, you are never going to know what pleasure is. If you think you are not having fun, start thinking differently.”

After such an illustrious career at GM, Zurakowski’s advice is worth following for workers in all industries.  

News Source: ABC WXYZ Detroit