Today, after 47 years of dedicated service to Hugg & Hall Equipment Company (Hugg & Hall), Wallace Red, Shop Service Technician at the Little Rock, Ark., branch, has officially retired. Red began with the company when it was led by Charlie Hugg as Clarklift of Arkansas.
“Words can’t describe how much I appreciate Wallace Red,” said John Hugg, President of Hugg & Hall. “His dedication to Hugg & Hall, our customers and important vendors is unequaled– literally, Wallace has been on our team longer than anyone in our history. Wallace has every characteristic you could ever want in a team member– he is smart, knowledgeable, dedicated to quality, dependable, willing to help and teach others– just a wonderful team player. Hugg & Hall will not be the same without Wallace. I am really excited for Wallace and the next phase of his life and wish him a wonderful retirement. My sincerest thanks for the contribution he has made to our company and for his friendship.”
John McKenzie, Service Manager at the Hugg & Hall Little Rock branch, recently spoke on the positive impact Red continuously has had on the entire organization.
“When I first started at Hugg & Hall, 18 almost 19 years ago, Wallace was the tech that I was told had been here since the beginning,” said McKenzie. “Now so many years later, Wallace has become a person that you always expect to be here.”
McKenzie expanded on Red’s loyalty and dedication and how much his presence will be missed.
“I believe that one word sums up Wallace and that is ‘loyal,'” said McKenzie. “Wallace has shown this trait to Hugg & Hall, his fellow coworkers but most importantly to his family. You could always tell that Wallace is a genuine family man and held them to the highest standard– he is so proud of his family. I know that I will miss Wallace and his sense of humor, his vast knowledge and just him being here every day like he has been for so long. Wallace have a restful and fulfilling retirement– we at Hugg & Hall wish you the very best.”
Robert Daniels, Parts Operations Manager at the Hugg & Hall Little Rock branch, attested to Red’s character and hard work.
“Wallace Red is as fine a person that I have ever had the pleasure to be around,” said Daniels. “A hard working, Christian man that devotes his off-time to family and helping those in need. Wallace is a testament to others of what a great company Hugg and Hall is.”
Chad Purdy, Shop Foreperson at the Hugg & Hall Little Rock branch, recently spoke about how Red’s colleagues will not only miss his many contributions to the company but will mostly miss having him around.
“Wallace has been a staple here at Hugg & Hall for 47 years,” said Purdy. “We all have gotten used to coming to work and seeing him here and working with him. His knowledge, experience and dedication will be missed. But most of all, Wallace is going to be missed not for what he brought to Hugg & Hall but for just being Wally.”
In his spare time, Wallace attends church and spends time with his family. He also spends every Saturday singing to nursing home residents. The entire Hugg & Hall team would like to thank Red for his hard work, dedication and contributions throughout his time with the company and wishes him the very best of retirements!