The year was 1974 and Glenn Arkle had just left school and spotted a job advertised for a glass worker.
Forty years on, the 56-year-old, from Earls Colne, is still working for that same company, making everything from thermometers to nitrogen flasks.
On Tuesday, he was personally thanked by managing director Graham Berger, from Day-Impex, and presented with an award in recognition of his long service.
“I got the job straight from school,” said Mr Arkle, from Atlas Road.
“I saw it, turned up for the interview and that was it. It has been a long-time, but I am still here.”
Having started out working on minor jobs, Mr Arkle has progressed into a skilled glass worker, helping the firm, which is based in Station Road, Earls Colne, make glass bulbs for fire sprinklers and laboratory equipment.
“Sometimes it is challenging and, like any job, you have good and bad days, but I still enjoy it,” he said.
“There are so many things that I have made and that is what keeps it interesting.
“There are all different sorts of flasks to make and you can go from one extreme to the other.”
One of the most unusual items Mr Arkle has had to make is a 24-inch hour glass timer. The piece even drew the attention of the History Channel, which visited him in the workshop on Friday for filming.
“That was a very daunting task and was probably one of the hardest pieces I have made,” he said.
“I don’t know when it will go on television as I think some of the footage needs to go back to America, before the programme can be made.”
While he waits, Mr Arkle will continue in his work and says he has no plans to seek pastures new.
“I am very happy where I am and cannot see that changing,” he said. “I don’t think I will still be here in another 40 years though.”