Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to Ray Strzewski

If you’ve had the opportunity to stop into our Addison headquarters in the last 15 years, there’s a good chance you’ve had the privilege of meeting the “Mayor” of Porter Pipe & Supply, Ray Strzewski.

Like many of us, Ray gets EXTREMELY excited for his birthday each year on April 19, and looks forward to celebrating it amongst his fellow team members and family at Porter Pipe—so much so, that he ensures everybody knows which DVD he would like to be gifted in his “birthday wish list”!

This year, Ray’s two younger brothers, Paul and Ralph, both also members of the Porter Pipe team, organized a “Birthday Drive-By Parade” to celebrate Ray’s 41st birthday in the current COVID-19 environment. “With all that is going on with the virus, we have kept Ray home for his safety. He misses you all a lot. I know he will get a huge kick out of seeing everyone driving by,” expressed Ralph in his company-wide email organizing the event.

It’s been tough on Ray knowing that he can’t come in to work at Porter Pipe like he has every day for the past 15 years. While he is unable to partake in his normal work duties at the office, he does still participate via Zoom video in the weekly team Monday meetings. He likes to close the meeting with “the good news,” which generally consists of Chicago sports (the Cubs, Blackhawks or Bears) or being a “jokester” to the team member he chooses to “pick on.”

We all appreciate the fun that Ray brings to the team, so we were thrilled to be able to bring the fun to him with the Birthday Drive-By Parade.

We are so glad we were able to celebrate such a valuable member of the Porter Pipe & Supply family, and look forward to getting Ray back into the office soon! HAPPY 41st BIRTHDAY, RAY!