Fighting For A Healthy In-plant
Pete Twentey has traveled a long road, but the sharpest curves are yet to come.
by MIKE LLEWELLYN
Every morning, Pete Twentey gets in his car and drives 74 miles from his home in Frederick, Md., to the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he is director of Material Services Operations.
It's been a long road for Twentey, and to show for it, he's pulled together some rock-solid experience.
"I've been in this business for 34 years," he says, adding that he picked up his first printing job after leaving the military.
"I was just driving up the road looking for a job," he recalls, when he came across an airplane parts manufacturer that needed a Xerox operator for its in-plant. Twentey didn't plan on staying long, but he learned there that he had a talent for—and a future in— the printing business.
His short stint at that print shop ended when he decided to strike out on his own. He got some family members together, and they went into business for themselves.
"We opened the first instant print shop in Frederick," he says. The grand opening was in 1969.
"We started out in a small room with an Itek and an IBM electric composer," says Twentey. "It took a lot of guts."
His shop was in business for five years before he sold it and moved on to his next post as print shop supervisor for Frederick Electronics' in-plant.
For 12 years, Twentey was responsible primarily for silk-screening and electronic photography. But always with his ear to the ground, he knew that the business's fortunes were taking a turn for the worse.
That's when he jumped ship and landed his current position at Washington Hospital Center, where he was chosen from a list of 35 hopefuls.