Love on the Line: We Are Family

The Clorox family.

For many of us, that means our team and coworkers. For others, it means actual blood relations.

From our plants to our offices, Clorox is chock full of fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, steps and in-laws — even grandparents, proud to work together.

One site alone, our Glad® plant in Rogers, Arkansas, has over 30 parent-child family groups working there. 

And perhaps no family is better represented in Rogers than the Ruckers. Preston Rucker is a second generation Clorox employee from a multigenerational Clorox clan that includes his mother, two brothers, two sons and a stepson, with the fourth generation on its way!

Here, meet some of the Clorox people across the U.S. who help this company feel like family.

Wheeling, Illinois

Gami & Andres Mena

Andres and Gami Mena work at CloroxCo’s Hidden Valley® plant in Wheeling, Illinois.

Name: Andres Mena (father)  
Role: Dry-blend operator
Years with Clorox: 12

Name: Gami Mena (son)   
Role: Dry-blend coordinator
Years with Clorox: 17

Andres: I enjoy working with my son; we get along great professionally and personally. He is always willing to help me when I have questions concerning work and new projects in the plant. We sometimes have lunch together and talk about my grandchildren and family in general. Gami: We have always had a great father-son relationship. Working together has brought us closer over the years as well. It’s such a good feeling working with my father and an experience that I can cherish for years to come. There are times that we have to separate our relationship and keep it professional, LOL. The biggest advantage is being able to talk business and plan our Sunday dinners with the family!

Parsons, West Virginia

Rebekah & Chip Nelson

Becky and Blake (Chip) Nelson work at CloroxCo’s Kingsford® plant in Parsons, West Virginia.

Name: Rebekah Nelson (mother)
Role: Plant Administrative Associate
Years with Clorox: 37.5
Name: Blake (Chip) Nelson (son)
Role: Safety Coordinator
Years with Clorox: 4.5
Have you learned something new about your son since working together? My son Blake (Chip) Nelson came 7/16/12 after retiring as a chief petty officer with 21 years in the Navy. Your child will always be your child no matter how old they get. When you see them in a different role, it really makes you realize how they have grown in different areas than you normally get to see as a parent — work ethic and the knowledge he has acquired over different experiences and roles in his life.  Have you learned something new about your mom since working together? How much she does in her job.
What’s the best part about working for the same company? Getting to work in the same office and share each day. What’s the best part about working for the same company? We get to see each other every day
What’s the worst part? When I see things differently or have to kick into mom mode to get him to give me a paper I need.  What’s the worst part? When she gets in her mom mode. LOL
Anything else you’d like to share? I am blessed to work for this company. God orchestrated my life to where I am. I was only going to work for a little while until my husband went back to work after a layoff with construction. When I got the job at Kingsford, it was because I had worked with a computer in a previous temporary position. In our county we did not have computers all over like they are now. Kingsford was getting its first desktop computer. We had to sign up for a designated time to work on it. Oh, how the times have changed.  Anything else you’d like to share? Good place to work with good people.

Aberdeen, Maryland

Scott, Tyler & Mitchell Rowe

Tyler, Scott and Mitchell Rowe work at CloroxCo’s cleaning plant in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Name: Scott Rowe (father)
Role: Process Team Lead
Years with Clorox: 23
Name: Tyler Rowe (son)
Role: Human Resources
Years with Clorox:  5
Name: Mitchell Rowe (son)
Role: Molding
Years with Clorox: 1
Have you learned anything new working with your sons? Not really — just confirmation that they’re hard workers. What’s the best part about working for the same company? Being able to learn and grow together at work. Have you learned something new about your dad or brother since working together? Nothing new; both are pretty strong workers in the roles they play at Clorox.
What’s the best part about working together? Seeing my sons in a different atmosphere. Watching how they’ve applied themselves and represent our family values makes me proud. What’s the worst part? Hearing the “I’m going to tell your dad” jokes when I make a mistake. What’s the best part about working for the same company? Being able to interact with both my dad and brother at work not only as family, but also on a professional level.
What’s the worst part?  Being asked “what did you bring for lunch?” Haha. Anything else you’d like to share? I appreciate the opportunity Clorox has given me and my family. What’s the worst part? When people call you by your brother or father’s name. Haha.

Belle, Missouri

Matt Stockton & Tyler Stockton

Father and son Matt and Tyler Stockton both work at CloroxCo’s Kingsford® plant in Belle, Missouri.

Name: Matt Stockton (father)
Role: Briquetting Resource
Years with Clorox: 21
Name: Tyler Stockton (son)
Role: Packaging Production Worker
Years with Clorox: 1
Have you learned something new about your son since working together? I have found that he is well liked by his crew. He has been motivated to help keep the line running so that the plant runs well. Have you learned something new or unexpected about your dad since working together? I’ve learned why my dad is so passionate about the plant. He has always been proud of his time at Kingsford, and now I am too.
What’s the best part about working for the same company? Knowing that he has a good job, and if he continues the hard work, the company will take care of him and his family, like they have for me. What’s the best part about working for the same company?  We have one more thing in common.  Working together is a way to stay close and have some of the same interests.
Anything else you’d like to share? I like seeing him at the plant. Knowing that he cares as much about the plant as I do. I think that’s very important. Hopefully, in time he can share his enjoyment with his family as well. What’s the worst part?  Easy. I have big shoes to fill.

Rogers, Arkansas

Danny & Dakota Acuff

The Acuffs work at CloroxCo’s Glad® plant in Rogers, Arkansas.

Name: Danny Acuff (father)
Role: Disposer/Extrusion Department Admin.
Years with Clorox: 10
Name: Dakota Acuff (son)
Role: Warehouse Systems Operator
Years with Clorox: 4 years
Have you learned something new or unexpected about your son since working together? Not really. I knew about his work ethic and leadership from high school playing baseball and working with his grandpa during the summer on the sawmill. Have you learned something new about your dad since working together? I’ve learned that he is dedicated to his job and always puts 100 percent into what he does.
What’s the worst part about working for the same company? Nothing really. We work for the same company but have never really worked together while at work. Maybe that he always plays better golf than me at company outings — and he makes sure I know that. What’s the best part about working for the same company? Being able to participate in company activities like golf and softball together. Also, being able to talk about our jobs and knowing what one another is talking about.
Anything else you’d like to share? I am very proud of his work ethic and leadership, and it is probably one of the best compliments I can get when someone tell me these things. It lets me know that my wife and I did something right while we were raising our boys. Anything else you’d like to share? Working for the same company and participating in company activities has brought us closer to one another. We have always been a good team, but seeing this side of him and showing him a different side of myself has really opened us up to one another in a different way than when I was growing up.

 

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