Back to the East Hill folks….. meet Brad this week!

This week we are back to introducing you to our East Hill Creamery family. We have spent a lot of time introducing you to project managers, company owners, and lots of important people. Well, today we have someone else very important that we want you to meet. This particular person is someone who is at the Creamery every day with a smile on his face and happy to do his job. That is something that is rare to find in this day and age, and we are very proud to introduce you to Brad Merle.

the boys hard at work
the boys hard at work

​Brad grew up in Alexander, New York and decided to move to Perry because his uncle, Kevin Elliott, had always lived there by Silver Lake. Brad wentto that uncle’s house often when he was younger and just really liked it. When he got old enough, he moved there and calls Perry home now. As a coincidence, Kevin Elliott works for Kelley Construction who erected the steel for the Creamery and put the roof on.

image​When it comes to his job, Brad does quite the variety every day, which is why he likes what he does so much. He does excavating. He moves dirt and puts in pipes. He grades the driveway off, puts up retaining walls, and puts in all electrical lines and gas lines. His job contains a wide range of activities, such as putting drain tiles in fields, doing dirt work for houses, demolition take down houses, manure piles for fields, and taking down trees. He works for Jason Merle Excavating, and that company has heavy equipment trucks, so he also hauls stuff around for people. He has been working for Jason Merle Excavating for two years, and before that he did painting and dry wall.

imageBrad has some experience in agriculture. Back in 2009, his uncle owned a farm, and he helped out there for a few months. When asked about what he likes about working on East Hill Creamery, he said, “He (Gary) is a local farmer and doing this for Perry and keeping it in the area. It’s not like a person from out of state doing it. It’s locally owned. He is local and keeping it in the area for us, so that’s a good thing.” He then talked about the cheese that will be made at East Hill Creamery and said, “Yeah I want to try it. It’s a different kind of cheese—it’s not like mozzarella or something. It will be interesting to try it. It will taste totally different because it’s made right here and fresh!” We agree with Brad on that! 🙂

Creamery coming along great--thanks to the work of guys like Brad
Creamery coming along great--thanks to the work of guys like Brad

When he has some free time, Brad likes to go fishing and hanging out with his uncle, Kevin Elliott. Brad has a girlfriend who has a child and he likes to hang out with them when he can. He works long hours so it’s hard to find free time, but he really likes what he does. During this interview, the comment was made that he seems to really like what he does, and of course he replied, “Yeah I do…yes ma’am.” This is very evident since Brad is often the first at the job site in the morning getting the equipment started and warmed up and fueled up and ready to go for the day before the rest of his crew arrives. We are very blessed and grateful to have people like Brad on our team who are so eager every day to be at work and do the best job they can. The love and passion they have for their job will surely come out in the product that is made at East Hill Creamery! imageWe are very proud of our people, and of Brad. Thanks for reading today, and if you have any questions for Brad, we know he would love to answer them.