described the company, then and now, as a wonderful place to work, with a tremendous sense of family – one you couldn’t help becoming part of. The Rizzutos, and everyone who worked with them at Avenue T or McDonald Avenue, maintained a sense of family that is unique in today’s business world. In 1970, to honor his father and all the others who helped to build his company, Lee began holding an annual Mass just before the holidays. Every year he and others pause to pray together for members of the Conair family who are no longer here. It is a quiet event that Lee has rarely missed, returning home from wherever in the world he is, to attend.
At Conair People Come and Stay
warehouse, edison, new Jersey
In 1975 Peter Valentino ran the mailroom and Milford Andrews managed the warehouse at McDonald Avenue. Peter had a handful of mail each day. By the time he retired in 2009, he was supervising 13 employees – and that was just the staff at the East Windsor office. Andrews started out with three fulltimers and one part-timer who handled the single container that arrived every two or three weeks. Today about 45 containers a day arrive at the East Windsor, New Jersey warehouse alone, and Milford Andrews oversees a staff of 70. The shift of manufacturing to the Far East and the constant flow of new products in the ‘70s triggered a growth spurt that is still going strong.
“There was a tremendous sense of family at the company – one you couldn’t help becoming part of. ”