13 February 2012
The Cheese Must Arrive on Time
The Values of Hard Work
Perhaps the most valuable pearl of wisdom I've learned growing up was, work hard. I've definitely attempted to keep this mindset alive to some degree. Around the age of eleven or twelve, my dad, John Rumiano (VP of Rumiano Cheese), was unloading trucks multiple nights a week. When Tuesday night came around, my twin brother Raymond and I would look forward to "helping" him load and unload trucks -- although our size restricted helping him.
The cheese company was short staffed, so volunteers would take turns loading trucks that arrived after business hours. For years, (long before I was born) the trucks were all loaded by hand cart, stacking boxes instead of pallets, mainly because pallet-jacks were extremely expensive and cumbersome. It was a daily strain, just to load the trucks for delivery. This "tradition" continued years later because the business was still relatively small. The efforts of everyone involved were a crucial part of the longevity of Rumiano Cheese, and the "night loads" signify the struggle to keep the company competitive and afloat.
I can fondly remember those nights and have come to recognize the hard work and determination everyone involved brought to the table. Memories like these denote the passion, pride, and motivation for the fourth generation of Rumiano Cheese. As fourth generation Rumianos, it is our responsibility to carry on the tradition of hard work and quality service for our customers.
Stay tuned for more stories about my experience growing up in the cheese industry and updates about what is going on with the Rumiano Cheese Company.