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Retirement on the Line

Why one company’s approach to working after retirement is revolutionary

Retirement on the line

Richard Tompkins checks the passage way of a steel tube at Vita Needle. — Photo by Sandy Hooper

The family-owned manufacturing company Vita Needle has a unique commitment to an aging workforce. The average age of an employee is 74 and the oldest employee, Rosa, is 100 ... and still going strong. She takes pride in her work on the production line and enjoys the chance to interact with other employees.   

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In her book “Retirement on the Line,” author Caitrin Lynch uses her experience at Vita Needle to analyze the company’s commitment to an aging workforce and the employees' dedication to change society’s perspective of working in retirement.

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