David Taggart with Mission Linen Supply‘s 1923 Model T Ford at Fourth of July festivities

Team Member David Taggart Celebrates 65th Anniversary with Mission Linen

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (June 25, 2019) — Since he was hired in 1954, David Taggart has been a proud Mission Linen Employee. David was hired by Mission Linen Supply’s founder, George Page, in April 1954 at the age of 17. To thank David for his 65 years of loyal dedication, Mission hosted a celebration in his honor at its headquarters in Santa Barbara.

David began his Mission career working as an extractor in the production department. Over the years, he has been involved in a wide variety of projects and roles at the company, including vendor selection, quality control, inventory management, manufacturing, cut and sew operations, warehouse design, site selection, and transportation. David currently serves as warehouse manager in the purchasing department, assisted by his longtime sidekick George Hernandez.

“It’s an honor and a joy to be part of the Mission team,” David said. “I look forward to coming to work every day, and I am tremendously grateful for all the wonderful people I have met over the years, as well as to Mr. Page for giving me the opportunity to join such a terrific company.”

The lunch celebration consisted of David’s favorite Chinese food, along with a decorated cake inspired by David’s meticulous care of the company’s 1923 Ford Model T that can be seen year after year in local parades and car shows, and a slideshow showcasing his many adventures and accomplishments. Attendees included David’s beloved granddaughter Roxanne, as well as Mission’s owner Linda Page, members of Mission’s leadership team and board, and several retired friends David worked alongside during their time at the company.

“It’s hard to believe David has been with the company over 65 years now!” Linda Page said. “This tells you that my dad (Mr. Page) knew he was hiring a hardworking, kind, honest and faithful man that has become a friend to all. David is one of a kind and a very special man; I’m proud to be considered his friend.”

Mission Linen Supply is a family-owned, privately held company and a leading provider of products and services to hospitality, health care and industrial businesses. Founded in 1930 by George “Ben” Page, the company has grown from a one-man operation into a leading player in the linen rental and uniform business. With more than 85 years of industry knowledge and an experienced workforce, Mission is widely recognized for its ability to understand, anticipate and meet its customers’ needs while providing environmentally friendly goods and services. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, the company employs more than 2,500 people in five western states.