QBH farewells a legend

11 May 2016

 

Queensland Bulk Handling’s longest serving employee Sam Formosa has clocked off for the final time after an impressive thirty-three years with the company.

Sam started with QBH in 1983 and was one of the six original employees, helping to construct and commission the facility, and unload the very first coal train.

QBH General Manager Tony Nielsen said Sam’s contribution to the company has been remarkable and his experience will be sorely missed.

"QBH is very fortunate to have had Sam with us from the beginning – he is loyal and hardworking and his knowledge of the company is unsurpassed," he said.

Originally from Malta, Sam moved to Bundaberg in the sixties and eventually settled in Brisbane where his children went on to attend university.

"I remember applying for the job. I had my interview at 9am and by 10am they’d called to accept my application. I’ve been at QBH ever since."

"In the beginning I was an operator unloading trains, I then worked my way to supervisor and finished up in a logistics support role."

"I’ve seen a lot over the years as the industry has expanded, QBH started with six people and now there’s almost forty! Not to mention all the people outside of QBH driving trains, maintaining the railway and operating the port."

"There’s one thing that has always stayed the same though, and that’s the QBH culture. We’re a small company and it’s always felt like a family," he said.

Sam’s retirement officially starts this month. He plans to do some travelling with his family and is looking forward to spending time fishing and gardening.