Crusher parts since 1963

29th July 2016

After 53 years working in the crushing industry, CMS Cepcor™ Export Sales Manager, Rod Hurst has retired.

Rod started his working life in the early 1960's at Dunlop as an apprentice bonding technician (although according to his so called friend Brian Miller he's been trying to do that every day since then). Following a disagreement with his manager in 1963 he left and joined Frederick Parker as a Progress Office Clerk and his subsequent hard work and tenacity helped him work his way up through the business during his 25 year career at Parker to the role of Supplies Director (working in the roles of Progress Office Section Leader, Production Section Leader, Production Office Deputy Manager, Production Office Manager, Planning & Materials Manager and Production Manager along the way) ultimately following in his father’s footsteps who was previously Sales Director at Frederick Parker.

Following the demise of the Parker brand, Rod left and joined for Cepcor Limited based in Rugby as Export Sales Manager. Cepcor were well known to Rod and had been a major supplier of castings to leading OEM’s including Goodwin Barsby, Parker Plant and subsequently Terex® Pegson in Coalville.

In his role as Export Sales Manager, Rod developed new overseas territories and helped the company grow (following extensive travel to Germany, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Israel). One of his main areas of success was in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; despite the political troubles at the time he would visit every two weeks more than tripling sales in that territory.

Following the purchase of Cepcor Limited by Crusher Manganese Steels Ltd, (although Rod would recount that they acquisition was the other way round) Rod along with the other long serving staff moved across to Coalville bringing tremendous experience, new ideas and a loyal customer base. Rod maintained his original Export Sales Manager role with CMS Cepcor™ during a period of tremendous growth for the business between 2006 and 2016 (including gaining the Queen’s Award for Export in 2012).

Rod is a passionate Leicester City fan, however, some of his passions and past hobbies might surprise you. Rod became involved in the pastime of parachute jumping and made around 50 jumps including some freefall mainly from Langer airfield, some of which became turned into rescue missions after drifting away from the airfield and having to be picked up by the airfield rescue Jeep!

Rod played in one of Leicester's best groups as a rhythm guitarist, playing in all of the top venues in and around Leicester.

Rod is also heavily involved in a village charity organisation with his best friend Brian, together helping local people, he loves his garden and spending time growing fresh fruit and vegetables. Rod is very sociable and as a long-time regular at the Top House public house in Thurmaston he (and Brian) now not only drink in their second home but have also taken it over as publicans.

Rod will be sorely missed by CMS Cepcor™, however, our loss will be the huge gain to the local community as he has more time to devote to his partner Ruth, The Top House and his charitable work.