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Talk about sticking around: Akron man celebrates six decades at Ford Gum

There are longtime employees, and then there is Wayne Schultz.

Schultz, 86, just celebrated his 60th anniversary working for Ford Gum and Machine in Akron. He has spent his entire career in the gum manufacturer's print shop.

Ford Gum in recent years has gained acclaim for producing Big League Chew under a licensing agreement, but Schultz's career at Ford began long before that, in 1959. He was hired to set up Ford Gum's print shop, and initially earned a salary of $75 a week.

As the company newsletter notes, Schultz is known for sticking with things he likes. He bought a bedroom set from the company's founder, Ford Mason, for $110 and still has that set today. And in 1966, Schultz and his wife bought a house in Akron for $12,500, and he still lives there.

Wayne Schultz was hired at Ford Gum in 1959. (Provided photo)


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