Chances are if you've ever placed a call or a work order to Physical Plant, Ed Neidhart had something to do with it behind the scenes. After a time working in dairy farming, he began mowing the grounds and taking care of the ice for the Athletic Department. Eventually he won a "bid" to become an electrician/plumber apprentice. Ed worked his way up the ranks in Physical Plant, becoming a foreman, a supervisor and finally manager of technical trades. Ed will celebrate his 42nd year at Hamilton this August.
Ed's day typically begins at 6:30 a.m., when he creates workload schedules for 15 plumbers and electricians. He estimates that he processes between 6,000-7,000 jobs a year! Ed realizes that not everyone might be happy with the order of how jobs are completed, but he insists that students come first. "After all, none of us would be here without them," he says. Ed credits Linda Webster and Carolee Couture with helping him keep things running smoothly.
Ed has been married to Barbara (who also works at Hamilton) for 43 years, and they have three grown sons. Anyone who knows Ed knows he loves snowmobiling and hunting with his boys. He and Barbara also enjoy having their sons' families over for Sunday dinner – every week! His family has grown to include eight grandchildren with whom he shares his love of the outdoors.
When asked what he would be doing if he weren't at Hamilton, Ed didn't hesitate – he'd still be dairy farming because of his love of the land!