Some words his employees used to describe Gary Huxhold are mentor, teacher, leader, fair and passionate. Huxhold has been Site Manager at first Temple-Inland then International Paper for nearly 10 years, and has been in management since 1980. Today is his last day.
Huxhold is a Crawfordsville native and a Crawfordsville High graduate. He started out stacking boxes on third shift at Temple-Inland in 1974 before he moved up through the ranks on the floor until he became chief of day-to-day operations as Site Manager in 1993. He has held several positions throughout the years, including Printing Supervisor, General Foreman and Plant Superintendent throughout the years.
“I’ve spent my entire 41 and a half years at this plant. It’s pretty unusual for someone to do that,” Huxhold said. “Usually you have to transfer to get promotions, but I’ve been fortunate that when I’ve had the opportunity to move up it has been in this plant.”