Minard Run Oil Co. has honored the late Emery W. Aharrah, a devoted and long-time employee, by naming its facilities at the Multi-Tenant Center at the Bradford Regional Airport in his memory.
Last year, Minard Run, the world’s oldest family-owned independent oil company — it dates back to 1875 — became the first tenant at the center, a key part of the airport’s economic development strategy to bring more jobs to McKean County.
Aharrah’s wife, Phyllis, was unable to attend the dedication ceremony on Friday, but their daughters, Nancy Moore and Betty Falconi, were present and accepted signs bearing the wording: “Minard Run Oil Company — Emery W. Aharrah Operations Center” from company president and chief executive officer Fred Fesenmyer.
“Let’s now officially recognize and memorialize this wonderful man, Emery W. Aharrah, a loving and caring husband, a great and reliable father and honest and unwavering friend,” Fesenmyer said.
During the indoor ceremony, a similar, but larger replica of those signs was uncovered above the entrance of the operations center, the two-cell, 10,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility that houses a shop, offices and parking and service garages. Jerry Clark of Westline designed, built and installed the sign.
Fesenmyer, who conducted the afternoon ceremony, said, “Today, not only are we here to dedicate this new operations center, but even more important, we are honoring a very special and unique person, Emery W. Aharrah, who for 60 years devoted his unyielding service to the success of Minard Run Oil Company.”
Fesenmyer said that Aharrah joined the company in August 1950 and worked until December 2010. “He began as a roustabout, advanced to the engineering department and then took on additional responsibilities in the field operations of pumping, drilling and plugging,” Fesenmyer said.
“Aharrah willingly shared his vast knowledge of the industry with the company’s employees and mentored many of their careers,” he added
As an example of Aharrah’s dedication, Fesenmyer noted that he reported to work at 5:30 a.m. and immediately raised the flag at the company office, a job that he did willingly.
Calling Aharrah “a valued and faithful employee and genuine friend,” Fesenmyer said, “Emery was a man I could explicitly trust and rely upon when I first needed these qualities, in bad times or good times. On a few occasions he would remind me in saying, ‘tough times never last, but tough people do.’ Emery is certainly a shining example of that because he experienced both.”
Fesenmyer then read the proclamation that accompanied the dedication. It reads: “Whereas Emery W. Aharrah served Minard Run Oil Company with dedication and pride; And whereas Emery W. Aharrah mentored so many associates and employees of Minard Run Oil Company; and whereas Emery W. Aharrah was a true personal friend of the Minard Run Oil Company.”
Fesenmyer continued, “As president/CEO, I welcome the friends and family of Emery W. Aharrah and hereby dedicate this facility in his name. From this date forward, this center will be officially named the Minard Run Oil Company, Emery W. Aharrah Operations Center.”
Fesenmyer recognized many of the individuals who attended the ceremony. They included Joe Fadden, representing U. S. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa.; McKean County Commissioner Joe DeMott; Debbie Huston, of Bradford City’s Office of Economic and Community Development; Rob Huber, member of the Bradford Regional Airport Authority; Tom Frungillo and Alicia Dankesreiter, both representing Bradford Regional Airport. Also, Minard Run Oil Company employees Jennifer Smith, Cindy Hvizdzak and Fesenmyer’s daughter, Meredith, were present.