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Faces in the Vault: Meet Harold Long
Harold Long joined The Data Vault in 1986, making him the longest-tenured employee — sort of. Long retired in 2002, but in 2005 decided to return as a part-time employee.
“I was out walking around the neighborhood, and there was a guy who was working here part-time who told [The Data Vault] I wasn’t doing anything,” Long said. Owner Dick Gladden “called me and asked if I wanted to come back and work a couple days a week.”
Long started out as a driver, and now spends most of his time working in The Data Vault’s climate controlled vault as well as shredding documents in the records center.
“It gives me something to do,” he said. “I like to come and work, and to be around people.”
When he originally joined The Data Vault, he’d been laid off from his job at Belknap when the company closed.
“Mr. Gladden was just starting up the company,” Long said. “He called me one day and asked if I’d like to have a job. I said, ‘Well, I need one!'”
Gladden said he’d contacted Belknap’s HR department when he heard about the company’s closure, and that’s how he came across Long’s resume.
“They broke the mold with him,” Gladden said. “He worked six days a week. I did the runs on Sunday, so we each had one day off during the week. We covered for each other.”
Long doesn’t seem to be slowing down, even as he nears age 80. Harold’s co-workers at The Data Vault wouldn’t have it any other way.