Dennis Eagle employee says farewell to Warwick company after 50 years

Tony Cowley has retired from Warwick-based refuse collection vehicle manufacturer Dennis Eagle after 50 years at the company.
Tony Cowley has retired from Warwick-based refuse collection vehicle manufacturer Dennis Eagle after 50 years at the company.
  • Dennis Eagle has bid a fond farewell to long-standing employee Tony Cowley who has retired after 50 years of loyal service
  • Tony has seen the company grow in size from having 165 employees to a workforce of more than 600
  • He was presented with a gold watch to mark his retirement

Warwick-based refuse collection vehicle manufacturer Dennis Eagle has bid a fond farewell to long-standing employee Tony Cowley who has retired after 50 years of loyal service.

Tony joined as a trainee in April 1965, working at the company’s former Saltisford Works plant before moving to Heathcote Industrial Estate when the business relocated to its current site in 1985.

One of the best aspects has been the team camaraderie on the shop floor

Tony Cowley

Enjoying a rich and varied career at Dennis Eagle, Tony gained experience across many different aspects of refuse collection vehicle production and has spent the last 20 years working as a fitter on the chassis line.

He said “One of the biggest changes over the years has been the size of the company.

“There were around 160 members of staff when I joined and this has increased to a workforce of over 600 as the business has grown.

“I have enjoyed my time here and one of the best aspects has been the team camaraderie on the shop floor.

“I will miss everyone but I’m looking forward to putting my feet up in retirement – although I think my wife already has a few jobs planned for me.”

To mark his retirement and thank him for his contribution to the company over the years Dennis Eagle presented Tony with a gold watch.

Production manager Dennis Sheehan said: “Tony has always been well-liked and trusted, both by the company and his colleagues.

“We would like to wish him all the best for the future and hope he enjoys a long and happy retirement.”

Dennis Eagle, based at the Heathcote Industrial Estate, has manufactured precision-made vehicles in the Midlands since 1907.

For more information about the company and the careers it offers call 458500 or visit its website.

www.dennis-eagle.co.uk