Connections Magazine

Winter 2012

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Core Value: OUR PEOPLE Crowley's Coolest Jobs Stories by Amelia P. Smith and Joelle Parra Crowley's employees arrive to their jobs each day with a mission of helping to drive the company towards greater success. The company's diverse portfolio of business creates a great demand for versatile and skilled workers to carry out the unexpected and unusual tasks in various corners of the world. In some cases, Crowley depends on the hard work and efforts of a smooth operator, an iron chef and an extreme diver to get the job done right. These are clear examples that many Crowley jobs are anything but mundane. Eddie Skelton AKA: "Smooth Operator" WORK TITLE: Lo/Lo Crane Operator LOCATION: Jacksonville, Florida Through the course of more than Crowley is a leading shipping line between the U.S., Central America and the Caribbean, operating a diverse fleet of container vessels and specialized equipment for a wide variety of cargo. In addition to fast and reliable sailings to and from these regions, Crowley customers can utilize a myriad of complementary logistics services, such as trucking, warehousing, freight forwarding, Customs brokerage and more. Loading and unloading cargo from container ships is a small but important part in the overall supply chain that Crowley manages so well for customers. For more than 18 years, Eddie Skelton has carefully climbed up the same two flights of steel-barred steps, into a cage- protected elevator the size of a small closet, and made the quick ascent to his final destination, where he steps out onto a steel platform 100 feet in the air. It might make some queasy, but Skelton doesn't mind the trek up because he loves his job. 28

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