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Industry Folks - Jeff Wilpers, Painters Hardware Corp.

image Jeff Wilpers, Mechanic, Painters Hardware Corp., Houston, TX

HOUSTON - Everyone has one at work. Some call them jokesters and some call them clowns. At Painters Hardware Corp they call him Jeff Wilpers. He’s the mechanic and has been with the company for the last two years.





    He likes to laugh and keep the mood up at work. Since it’s just him and his boss working together, things can get tricky. “I try to play jokes daily, but sometimes it doesn’t work out.” Of course, it’s all in good fun.

    Wilpers first worked with the company in 2006. He left on good terms and started working in the oil field for 8 years. He was laid off in 2008 and again in 2015. That’s when it was time for a blast from the past. Wilpers started working with Painters Hardware again in 2015.  Today he enjoys the challenges he faces on a daily basis. “You always get a different problem with a machine. Sometimes you see the same things over and over again, but for the most part its something new everyday.” No joke there.

    Wilpers was born in St. Louis and then moved to Chicago for five years. He’s been in Houston since 1978. Then in Tennessee he has his two daughters, one who is expecting and will make for Wilper’s third grandchild. Last year he tried to go up there but him and his partner ended up in Miami for Thanksgiving. “My girlfriend is from Puerto Rico. Her mother came from Puerto Rico because it’s a bad deal over there, so we went down there to meet her family.”

    When there are no machines at work to fix, he is riding his softail motorcycle when the weather permits. Another hobby of his is flying RC airplanes whenever it’s not too windy. “I like to play golf when I can. I fish once in a while. Really anything outdoors.” Wilpers can wear many hats and a helmet during his free time.

    The construction industry is where he believes he’ll stay. Yes, this joker has found his audience. – lv

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Lexie Velasquez lexie@constructionnews.net