DSC Dredge Announces Retirement of Chris Webre After 20 Years of Service

SOURCE: DSC Dredge | March 17, 2023

Reserve, Louisiana – DSC Dredge, a global leader in manufacturing customized dredges, after two decades of service announced the retirement of Chris Webre with its organization. Chris joined the DSC team in 2003 as a Millwright Tech III and over the years continued to master his skills. 

At his retirement luncheon, co-workers were asked to share their experiences and any words they may have. Their contributions were limitless.  Here are some of the kind words shared. 

William Wetta, Senior Vice President of Product Development and CTO

“Today marks the end of an era at DSC Dredge. It is hard to put into words the profound impact Chris has had on each of us, and the Company.  Chris’ steady, humble, and reliable leadership has benefited the lives of so many of us that he will truly be missed. I wish him well as he begins his well-deserved retirement.” 

Nicky Giarratano, VP of Manufacturing 

“Chris has played an intricate part in the growth of DSC. He is one of the most dedicated persons I have ever met when it comes to his job, as well as his fellow workers.  His character is beyond reproach and he would stop everything he was doing to assist his peers, he was also always willing to train whenever the opportunity arose. It has been a great pleasure knowing and working with Chris and while he hoped to stay on longer, he was ready to start a new chapter in his life with a new venture.  On behalf of everyone in the manufacturing department we wish Chris best of luck with his future endeavors.”

Greg Ordoyne, Production Manager and Troy Redwine, Millwright Foreman

“Chris has been working with DSC for a long while and was always willing to do whatever it took to get the job done correctly. Chris played a big part in the hydraulic department and over the years he has passed on a lot of knowledge to others. He will truly be missed by his peers.”

April Johnson, Human Resource Manager

“Chris will be deeply missed by each and everyone here are DSC Dredge.  His loyalty is beyond measure and his skill and knowledge has been essential to the company. I am grateful for the time he has dedicated to DSC and wish him all the best.”

At the close of Chris’s farewell luncheon President and CEO, Robert (Bob) Wetta presented him with a token of appreciation and noted, “those of us who interacted with Chris admired him for not only his work ethics and efforts, but also for his personal lifetime values as a devoted husband. He has consistently treated everyone with respect and dignity and on behalf of the entire Executive team, and the entire DSC family, I want to  thank Chris for his dedication and service to the Company throughout an illustrious career. We wish him the very best as he moves on.” 

Upon receiving his token, Chris stated, “I have enjoyed working at DSC these last 20 years, it’s truly a family atmosphere. The company really cares about everyone and I cannot express how much I appreciate the owners Bob and Bill Wetta for all they have done for me and my family.” On the verge of tears, he added, “when my wife was sick I was given all the time I needed to care for her and attend to her needs without question… I am forever thankful.  I am thankful for Bob and Bill, for all my coworkers, my supervisor and for Nicky Giarratano for believing in me and giving me the chance and opportunity to work for such a great company; all I can say is thank you.”

DSC is a global leader in the dredge manufacturing industry, engineering superior customized dredging solutions to meet specific application needs, while continuing to exceed customer expectations.  DSC Dredge designs and manufactures high quality, durable cutter suction and underwater pump mining dredges.  At DSC Dredge, we help customers make THE RIGHT CHOICE.  Quality, Innovation, Service, Commitment and Customization are key DSC attributes which explain the reasons customers choose to work with DSC. DSC Dredge operates from three manufacturing facilities located in Reserve, LA, Poplarville, MS, and Greenbush, MI.  

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