Hamilton company celebrates disabled worker's 50th anniversary

A Hamilton company pulled out all the stops on Friday to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of one of its workers.

Jacek Nowicki, 67, lives with multiple disabilities and is employed as a machine operator at Pentair.

He can't hear or speak but there was no doubt how happy he was today - and he's not planning on moving on anytime soon.

Mr Nowicki was also born with cerebral palsy, which makes it difficult for him to move.

But his manager says none of that has stopped him from doing what he loves.

"Never has stopped him from getting to work, never stopped him taking charge or quality, never stopped him from making his stand," Pentair plant manager Ingrid Chettleburgh told Newshub.

"It's just a wonderful milestone. For our company and other New Zealand employees."

He was offered the job as a press machine operator after his mum cold called the original company - to see if there was an opportunity for him.

"I can still remember when his mother came up to me," former employer Ernie Stahli says.

"I looked at Jasek and I said 'yep'. Didn't have to think very much."

Turns out it was one of the best decisions he made.

"He was absolutely amazing. He never made any mistakes," Mr Stahli says.

Colleagues say he's not only a hard worker, but an "inspiration".

And this inspiration is going nowhere. Mr Nowicki plans to work for the business for as long as he can.