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Longtime French-Reneker employees to retire

Dec 11, 2012
Photo by: PHOTO SUBMITTED Jerry Long

Jerry Long, PE, vice president, and Mike Griffin, engineering technician, will be retiring from full-time employment with French-Reneker-Associates Dec. 31.

Long joined the firm in August 1977 as a project engineer. Prior to his joining French-Reneker, he held a position with the Iowa Department of Transportation. During his 35 years with the firm, he progressed from project engineer to a principle and member of the firm’s board of directors in 1979. He assumed his current position as vice president and chief engineer in 1995. He is currently responsible for all technical operation of the firm and has led the technical work from the times of pen-and-ink drafting to its current use of computer-aided design and drafting technology.

Throughout Long’s career, he has been active in professional and civic organizations. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Iowa Engineering Society and is a past president of the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Long’s wife Sue also is a civil engineer. She retired from a career with Natural Resources Conservation Service. They have two children, Aaron, an architect, and Abbe, an interior designer. Both children reside in Aspen, Colo.

Griffin joined French-Reneker in May 1995 and has worked as an engineering technician for his entire career. Prior to his work at French-Reneker, he held positions with Fisher Governer in Marshalltown, Louden Manufacturing of Fairfield and the city of Fairfield Public Works Department for 5.5 years before joining the firm.

Griffin’s position with the firm has grown from a survey crew helper to that of a skilled designer and to his current role as a senor technician doing construction observation on a wide variety of complex construction projects.

Griffin and his wife Marie have one daughter, Deb Nuckolls, who lives with her husband Michael live in Pleasant Plain with his children Dani and Tylor.

Griffin’s leisure time is spent outside fishing and doing nature photography.

A retirement reception for Long and Griffin will be held from 2:30-5 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Best Western Fairfield Inn. All friends are invited to attend.

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