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Luis Ruiz, 2021 MVP

A long-standing tradition began in the 1970’s by a man named Mac Mcnutt who worked alongside our founder, Oliver Steel. Mac was known to be an exemplary employee who managed and oversaw the production floor. The Mac award became a staple of honorary Oliver employees, each who rightfully earned recognition for their outstanding efforts. The award later became known as the Most Valuable Player award in 2003.

Every year we award an employee exemplifying outstanding efforts. In 2021 our MVP went to Luis Ruiz. Luis is a utility player on and off the field. He primarily works in Fabrication out on the production floor, however that doesn’t stop him from lending a hand when needed in other departments

President Brian Burney stated, “Ruiz was the most consistent and most talked about employee throughout the entire year, his efforts did not go unnoticed and that’s why we named Ruiz the Most Valuable Player.”  

Ruiz was born and raised in Rocky Ford, Colorado. He’s been working at Oliver for two years and when asked what he enjoys most about the job he explains, “The hands-on learning experiences I acquire from co-workers, I never feel held back when it comes to learning a new skill. Plus, you can’t forget the great characters and personalities of the guys out here, they will make the day go by.”

​​​​​At 37 years of age Luis stays in shape by playing softball, a sport he’s known and loved for 10 years. He’s played every position but has found himself in the outfield and anyone who knows the game knows you can’t play softball without having good outties on your team.   It was an honor to sit across from Luis and hear about how passionate he is for putting his best foot forward. This silent leader has his first award under his belt, and he doesn’t plan on stopping there. He looks forward to making his name known yet again in hopes to win another MVP award.

Ruiz’s hunger to achieve knew heights just keep growing, “I know I can’t win this award back-to-back, but I’m going to make it hard for the other guys to get it. It won’t stop me from trying.”

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Luis Ruiz

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