Kevin Simmons grew up in South Baltimore, Maryland, in the early 1970s. A son of parents who were preachers, he was raised to love and honor God, family and country.
Upon high school graduation, Kevin enlisted in the Army and proudly served a four-year tour in Germany where he witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, an intense memory that would stay with him for life.
Returning from service, Kevin needed a job so his older brother Keith, who was working at Barton Cotton, found him a job as a “floor boy” in the press room, responsible for sweeping the floors, moving skids of paper around, and more.
Today, 27 years later, Kevin is the Lead Pressman for 1st shift at Barton Cotton.
COVID-19. When COVID-19 hit, Kevin’s immediate concern was getting laid off and not being able to provide for his family and was happy that his work continued. Next, he worried about his and his family’s health. You see, in addition to a wife and daughter at home, his brother and older daughter Katya work at Barton Cotton. Kevin said, “The company has done very well at keeping people safe. We’re strictly practicing sanitation and hygiene procedures to ensure the safety of the team.”
A family affair. Kevin, like his brother did for him 27 years ago, introduced Katya (Kat) to Barton Cotton. Kat was adopted by Kevin and his wife at the age of 13 from an orphanage in Siberia, Russia, ten years ago. Like her father, she joined Barton Cotton in an entry-level position and within a year has advanced to Prepress Technician following the completion of her associate’s degree in Arts.
For Kat, being in the office during the pandemic wasn’t a concern due to the safety practices in place. Instead, she saw it as an opportunity to get additional time with management to advance her knowledge. She’s excited about her future with the company.
Thank you to the Simmons family for your commitment during COVID-19 and combined 61 years of service. We appreciate you.