Retiring Bauman turns over command to Spratlin

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 03:35 PM.

“He’s a data driven problem solver who knows how to ask the right questions and then follow through to ensure success,” Trautman said. “He has a distinct disdain for the status quo.”

Bauman was credited with improving safety, shortening turnaround times and lowering costs at the facility.

Bauman told those at Thursday’s ceremony that FRC East workers compared him to Captain Ahab from the novel “Moby Dick” at a recent retirement party.

“It’s time to hand it over to my trusty confidant, Ishmael,” he said of Spratlin. “It’s time to give him the boat. He’s ready, willing and able to sustain the gains we’ve made.”

The employees gave Bauman a standing ovation.

“Captain Ahab is going to be a hard act to follow,” Spratlin said.

Jaynes said Spratlin was the right man to lead FRC East into the future.

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