Crane operator Ron Hendershot was one of 10 honorees inducted this year into the “Wall of Honor” in celebration of Labor Day.
Red Wing Shoe Co.’s wall is a tribute to workers of all trades. The “Wall of Honor” is an interactive installation located at the Red Wing Shoe flagship store and an online webpage showcasing the honorees’ stories. Inductees’ old Red Wing boots are displayed alongside their stories.
Hendershot of Ellsworth has operated cranes for 35 years. All those years he has carefully lifted pieces of iron high into the air for ironworkers to cut, fit and solder. It is a job that requires carefulness and safety awareness.
Hendershot has worked on a number of projects including bridges in Stillwater, Hastings and is currently working on the Red Wing bridge. Beyond that he has worked at the Sherco power generating facility in Becker, Rosemount’s Flint oil refinery and St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. Hendershot has even been involved in moving a Minnesota Zoo dolphin to a different tank.
Crane operating runs in the family: Hendershot’s father was an operator. According to the “Wall of Honor” webpage, Hendershot takes his grandsons to his jobsite to experience what his job is like.
“I never planned on operating cranes for a living, but it’s in my blood. I’ve been at this for 35 years now and am about to retire. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing,” Hendershot said according to the “Wall of Honor” webpage.
Red Wing Shoe also hung a thank you banner in Minneapolis and New York City reminding people to thank laborers.