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Meet Mark Ratta – Working Leader, Production

Mark Ratta - Working Leader
Mark Ratta – Working Leader

Mark Ratta, the Working Leader on our production floor, joined Fourslide nearly 30 years ago as a member of the Shipping and Receiving Department.

“I didn’t even know what a fourslide machine looked like when I got here,” offers Mark. Three decades later, he is a very accomplished set-up man and a highly effective Working Leader.

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Facility Upgrade Continues

Expanded production area
Our newly expanded production area

After a 20-month hiatus – both scheduled and dictated by COVID protocols – the next phase of our facility update and reorganization is back in full swing.

The first stage of upgrades intended to boost production capacity by as much as 50% involved relocating our toolroom to an up-fitted area previously vacated by our assembly operation. This new phase involves the area that previously housed our toolmaking activities.

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Bill King Celebrates 40 Years at Fourslide

Fourslide recognizes Bill King for 40 years of service

In 1979, the federal minimum wage was $2.65 per hour; the inflation rate was 13.3%. You could buy a new Toyota Corolla for $3500 and fill the gas tank with a $10 bill. Magic Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans defeated Larry Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores in the NCAA title game. Jimmy Carter, Margaret Thatcher and the Ayatollah Khomeini were all in power.

Meanwhile, in Bristol, Connecticut, two milestone events transpired: the Entertainment and Sports Network (ESPN) took to the airwaves for the first time, and young William King made his debut at Fourslide Spring Products.Read More →

Facility Reorganization & Upgrade

Old assembly area

At Fourslide, multiple consecutive record-breaking years have led to longstanding discussions about the best way to support the ongoing growth of our core business. This led to a lot being purchased for the construction of a brand-new, larger facility across the street from our current Bristol, CT headquarters. But sometimes the best-laid plans are the ones that don’t materialize at all.Read More →