JON WHISTLES WHILE HE WORKS

There aren't many people who can say they love their jobs and mean it. I am grateful to be one of those who do, even after all these years.




"HEY, YOU! GET OVER HERE!"

We were working to connect the trailer after loading up for the McMinnville Aquatic Center project. I was signaling the photo flasher to put that camera down and help us out.




JON CAUGHT HAND-TALKING AGAIN

I can't speak without my hands. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. All I need is one finger! As I was saying to the photo flasher who caught me while working at the Rock Creek Hatchery, "See, it's right there!" It works for me.




FRED REPP BY HIS SLUDGEMASTER INVENTION

My Dad, Fred Repp, was our first generation in the pump business. He was part owner of Queen Pump Co, where I worked for the first 15 years of my career before moving on to Paco Pump. Dad always said, “Jon get into the pump business. As long as there are people, they have to eat, drink and sh*t!” He figured there wasn't a more recession-proof business. Dad told me once, “It may be crap to YOU, but it's MY bread and butter!” 'Nuff said.




(~1964) JON WITH HIS BROTHER, DAVID

My brother and I were standing beside a Sludgemaster Simplex that our Dad built. As you can see from this picture, I had a problem holding still. To this day, I'm always on the move.




(1984) ARMONDO AND DAVID (sitting)

If these boys had only known what their future would be!




JON WITH ARMONDO AND DAVID

As busy as we all tend to be, we still take time to just hang out together.




THREE REPP GENERATIONS

This was a project for Longview Drainage. It shows what I love most about the pump business, the way it has become a common legacy in our family that is being passed on from generation to generation.