Oswego Industries celebrates employee’s 40-year milestone

Coleen DeForest (center) is presented with an award and milestone gift recognizing 40 years of dedicated service at Oswego Industries.

FULTON - Oswego Industries Inc., a Fulton-based nonprofit agency that supports children and adults with developmental disabilities, has recognized Coleen DeForest for 40 years of service.

A maintenance coordinator, DeForest’s journey with the agency began in the textiles department. There, she was responsible for sewing over 1,000 paper isolation gowns every shift. Over the years, DeForest says, nearly everything at the agency has changed—though she could still make those gowns in her sleep. Her current position involves directing and working alongside people who have disabilities in maintaining the Oswego Industries campus, both inside and outside.

DeForest has no plans to stop anytime soon, either. “I love being here for the guys,” she said. “I don’t know what I’ll do when I retire.”

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