EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Silvio Martorelli – Tri-Axle Driver (Southbury), Shop Steward and Tri-Axle Driver of the Year 2023

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Silvio Martorelli – Tri-Axle Driver (Southbury), Shop Steward and Tri-Axle Driver of the Year 2023

How long have you been with O&G?
I have been an employee with O&G for 24 years.

What do you do in your position at O&G?
I am a Tri-Axle Dump Truck Driver in the Materials Division.

How did you get started in the industry?
After a short stint in the Marine Corps as a Tanker, I was also licensed to drive 6×6 Troop Transport Trucks and acquired a desire for it. So, when I got out of the service, I had a friend of the family who had a small oil business at the time, and he allowed me to use his truck to get my class 2 license (as it was back then in 1988 before the commercial driver’s license system came into play). This has been my living for 36 years now.

What do you enjoy most about O&G?
The camaraderie we share at the Southbury Plant where I work. We look out for each other in times of both need at work, and at home, with O&G management and my fellow brother and sister teamsters. It’s been that way for 24 years.

What makes our company culture unique?
The culture of any company is based on quality and culture of the very thing that makes it thrive. THE WORKFORCE. The men and women who are predominantly from all different cultures, societies, and backgrounds that make up the very ingredients of what O&G is. For O&G, it has been the “Gold Standard” for the past 100 years!

What’s one thing people don’t know about you that they would be surprised to discover?
I guess that would be that when I was younger, I was an aspiring musician. I was raised in a musical family. By the time I was three, my father had me playing the drums. I was in many bands over the years up into my 40s and then realized the rockstar status was not going to happen. I had to hold on as a truck driver. Thank God for brains!

What’s one thing on your life bucket list?
I guess that would be, if God is willing to allow it, to travel the country with my partner in life, Paula Kraus Bartlet.