Rick Merrell retires from Annin

| December 20, 2014

COSHOCTON – Rick Merrell will greatly miss the people he’s worked with at Annin Flagmakers over the last 13 years.

“They are good people,” said Merrell, who recently retired as director of operations. “They’ve been a treat to be around. It’s been nice to get up in the morning and want to come to work.”

The folks at Annin also know how to have fun. They sent Merrell off in style with balloons delivered by an entertainer, a walk down memory lane that included numerous pictures of him and lunch with plenty of yummy looking desserts.

The day’s festivities were mainly organized by Bobbi Parks, Cheryl Bartholow and Jackie Darr.

“We also decorated his yard with black flags,” Parks said.

Dave Rogers, who has been with the company for almost 11 years, will be stepping into Merrell’s shoes.

“He’s given us a lot of guidance about the right way to do our jobs,” Rogers said. “I’m going to miss sitting down with him one on one and discussing work or life outside the plant.”

Merrell, however, did leave Rogers with a reminder of how he liked to run things.

“I gave him a plaque that I had in my office about General Schwarzkopf’s rule 13 and 14,” Merrell said. “Rule 13 is to take charge and rule 14 is to do what’s right. I tried to run my businesses that way and I hope Dave tries to do the same.”

Now that he’s retired, Merrell says he plans to wait on his wife to soon do the same and then hopefully they will get to spend some time down south in Mississippi on the Gulf Coast.

“We are just waiting on the Lord and to see what opportunities he opens up for us,” he said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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