Blanton began his career at Connersville Utilities in 1982 as a certified wastewater operator. After working there for 20 years and obtaining a Class II Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate, he was then hired by Stant Manufacturing as the Assembly Production Manager, responsible for all safety training on the production floor. Currently, Blanton is the Wastewater Training Director for the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water. Since 2010, has presented at over 100 different training sessions, assisting boards, councils and other town officials with any utility matters, and holds a Class IV Wastewater Operator Certification.
Rising gas prices have been a boon to companies like Stant Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of locking gas caps and supplier to retailers like NAPA, Pep Boys, Carquest and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Chris Hoffman, marketing specialist for Stant, said his Connersville, Ind.-based company normally sells about one million locking caps a year for $18 to $20 apiece, but sales so far this year have tripled.
All of the Waltham's plant's employees were offered positions with Stant Manufacturing, Porcello said. Porcello, who said he has been at the Waltham factory for about 61/2 years, said he could not comment about why the plant is being shut down.
Porcello said eight or nine employees have accepted jobs working for Standard-Thomson's parent company, Stant Manufacturing, which has facilities in Connersville, Ind., Pine Bluff, Ark., and Tijuana, Mexico.