Robert Sharp retired from Mathiowetz Construction at the end of 2010.
Sharp began his career with Mathiowetz Construction as nearly its only mechanic in January 1976. He initially worked in the shop. When summer started, he went out to job sites and repaired whatever needed fixing whenever it needed fixing.
Mechanical skills were not the only thing Sharp brought to his job. Richard Mathiowetz would often challenge him to redesign a new attachment for a piece of equipment so it would do a better job.
Robert Sharp retired from Mathiowetz Construction at the end of 2010
Sharp's knowledge and problem-solving ability led to his becoming equipment manager in January 1995. His responsibilities included supervising and coordinating the mechanic staff and repairs needed on all equipment.
In April 2000 Sharp was promoted to Mathiowetz Construction's vice president of equipment maintenance. He was in charge of more than 300 pieces of equipment and a multi-million dollar maintenance budget. He managed a staff of approximately a dozen maintenance professionals.
Sharp was an integral part of the success of Mathiowetz Construction for 34 years.
A retirement party for Sharp is set for 4 p.m., Saturday, March 19, at the Serviceman's Club, 109 1st Ave. South in Sleepy Eye. A short program will take place at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public.