This month, we celebrate the career of Butch Moore, who will be retiring at the end of 2020 after 45 Years of Service.
Butch started at Austin in 1975 as a laborer/driver when his neighbor recommended joining our family. Dick Washburn was Butch’s first boss. “He was easy to work for. He told you what to do. How to do it safely. And, you did it,” Butch shares.
According to Butch a lot has changed at Austin over four and a half decades. Back in the ’70 and ‘80s it was a lot more physical and everything was loaded by hand. There was also a lot less paperwork. But the most notable changes have been in the products themselves. Butch recalls, “At 21 years old, I didn’t mind working with dynamite (but the headaches could make you nauseous)! Eventually, we tried moving away from dynamite to a slurry (which didn’t work as well). Eventually, we transitioned to Hydromite and cast boosters, which works great!”
Butch was in Austin’s first Blaster training class. In the late ’80s, he was recognized by Nobel Insurance as a Master Blaster and has the belt buckle to prove it. “Nobel came out once a year to watch a shot and make sure everything was safe.” His favorite part about blasting is seeing the good job done, and knowing he helped the customer. His favorite blast was Ger Island military bunker and armory. He recalls it took just one shot to take down the HQ, and 30 shots for the armory.
Butch has always worked and lived in New England. And yes, he is a Patriot’s fan! His home is about an hour away from Mt. Williams, a location he helped get set up after a series of other sites opened and closed (Salem, Massachusetts; Kingston, New Hampshire to name a few). He has been married to Paula for 42 years, and they have two children and one granddaughter. In his retirement, Butch is looking forward to family time in Naples, Florida…and continuing his favorite pastime – working with Austin Powder (as a consultant).
Please join us in wishing Butch the best in retirement.
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