06 September 2012
Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight
Meet Bill Rinehart
Our Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight is back! This month we have Bill Rinehart. Former truck driver turned office team member; take a look at the interview below to find out about his part of Rumiano Cheese Co.!
Rumiano Cheese Blog: What is your job title and what do you do at Rumiano Cheese Co.?
Bill Rinehart: Cheese buyer, transportation and logistics, work with Tony Granico coordinating transportation and warehouse needs.
RCB: Do you have kids? Are you married? Where are you from originally?
BR: We have 2 boys--Josh, who is married to Kelly, their son Carter and Jake Rinehart. Married 35 years to my wife Shari. Born and raised in Willows. (SIC)
RCB: How long have you been working at Rumiano Cheese Co.?
BR: Since 1991 (21 years)
RCB: And how did you end up working at the cheese factory?
BR: Bud Stillwell drove truck to the Bay Area and Crescent City for Rumiano Cheese. I was driving truck, hauling logs. I was visiting with Bud and he said he was going to retire, and thought working for Rumiano Cheese would be a good fit for me. And he was right. I started driving truck to the Bay Area and Crescent City. After a few years, I started buying some of the cheese. Then in 2000, I came to work in the office and quit driving truck.
RCB: What aspect of your job do you like the best?
BR: The people I work with, and I enjoy the challenges. I could do without the cheese market drops!!! (SIC)
RCB: what have you found that brings you the most R&R on your days off?
BR: I enjoy being outdoors, hunting, fishing and playing some bluegrass on the guitar.
RCB: What is your fondest memory of working at the cheese factory?
BR: I have a few for you to pick from. When I first came to work for Rumiano Cheese, Dave Galbraith, who still works here, and Tony Granico would be standing on the dock, waiting to unload and load up the truck. We had 1 dock, with 2 ramps. 3 electric pallets jacks. No forklifts.
A few years later, there were 4 or 5 guys loading and unloading trucks, 5 doors. etc. Electric rider pallet jacks, 4 forklifts, several walk behind electric pallet jacks.
I remember walking into the office at the end of the day to turn in my paperwork. John Rumiano and Jack Gibson would be hand writing all the orders on the receipt books, adding all the weights, etc. for the next day deliveries. We had one fax machine, and there was a lot of discussion when we bought the first fax machine, if it would be justified. Now, we hardly use the fax machine. Between emails, phones, and even text message, the times have changed. And I'm glad to be part of the new technology..
One time it flooded around the plant. Tony and I drove the trucks into Willows, so we could make deliveries the next day. (SIC)
RCB: What do you think about the Non-GMO Verification that Rumiano received and the future of the industry?
BR: Doesn't surprise me. Rumiano Cheese is always looking for new ideas that will benefit the consumer. Think about it, they started the Dry Jack, added Pepper Corns to the Dry Jack and came up with Peppato. Smoked Mozzarella [is another cheese] Rumiano Cheese worked on this item and it is now one of our best sellers.
RCB: What's your favorite cheese and why?
BR: I like the Dry Jack and Habanero/Jalapeno Jack. The wife loves Rumiano Calico.