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Old 01-21-2019, 10:09 PM
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Default Retirement at Cleaveland Tool

For 24 out of our 26 years at Cleaveland Tool, Marshall McDowell has been pumping out tools that change the lives of builders around the world. He is retiring this week and I thought it would be fun to solicit comments from users of his work. Annette and I get to hear it from customers on the phone and at Oshkosh, but please consider passing on a message right to him to show your appreciation of top quality dimple dies, squeezers, edge formers. We hired Marshall in 1994 from a jewel cutter, knowing if he could see facets on a stone he would work well with the details we needed. Since he has trained the half dozen people that currently do the same (including another jeweler). Happy camping Marshall!

(I will pass on comments from here next Tuesday)
Thank you all!

Mike Lauritsen
Cleaveland Aircraft Tool
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:14 PM
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Congratulations, Marshall. Enjoy your retirement, and thanks for your many years of excellent work!
Don Hull
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it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." Miriam Beard
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:35 PM
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Thanks Marshall! Your dimple dies and other stuff that come out of that big machine work great! And the one time I broke a pin off a die the gals sent me another sample of your handiwork gratis (even though it was probably my fault!). The main squeeze is awesome too!

Enjoy your retirement!
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:50 PM
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Thanks for producing top quality American-made products for us over the years. Congrats!
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Old 01-22-2019, 01:07 AM
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Thanks marshall, you made Rv-12 build much more fun. And easier to do. Try to make it to Osc. So we can thank you in person.
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Old 01-22-2019, 07:18 AM
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Godspeed in your next adventure, Marshall! I'm completing my second airplane and I couldn't have built either without those quality dies and squeezers. I think the next time a Young Eagle is looking at my tools and asks: "What are those?", I will respond with: "oh that's MAN JEWELRY!".
Brian S.
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Old 01-22-2019, 07:37 AM
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Welcome to retirement and thanks from those of us non-Vans builders (that hang out here).
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Old 01-22-2019, 10:17 AM
Ron B. Ron B. is offline
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We are loosing all the good ones, hopefully the kids coming from behind can pick up the pace. Not seeing it yet around here. Stay well Marshall and enjoy your well deserved retirement.
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Old 01-22-2019, 11:08 AM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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Thanks, Marshall, for the great tools that I use every day.

Either you made them or you taught the people who made them, I figure.

Good job!

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Old 01-22-2019, 11:54 AM
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Behind the scene folks do not get much attention, but quality products make a difference. You certainly have made a difference. Thanks for your hard work, and blessings to you in your retirement.
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