Ray Mierzwiak

Ray Mierzwiak, like Homer Percival, started at Acklin in 1929. When the depression hit Ray worked in the shipping department for 18 cents an hour, unloading coal cars used to power the presses. Ray also worked in the steel and shipping departments as well as a press operator.

During World War II, Ray took advantage of the work available and put in 14 hour days, 7 days a week, making nearly a dollar an hour more than he did a decade earlier. He met his wife, Bernice, an inspector, while working at Acklin, and the two of them worked at Acklin for the next several decades.

Mr. Mierzwiak finally retired after over 40 years at Acklin in the late 1970s. At the end of his long tenure at Acklin he worked as a layout inspector, the same department that his wife worked in.

Ray and his wife's earnings at Acklin allowed his two children to attended college. Both of them found work in the Toledo area, his son working in an insurance firm and his daughter as a pharmacist at the Toledo Hospital.


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Last Updated: 1/3/12