Doing my job

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April 25, 2005 // UPDATED 1:54 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

Matt Peterzen
Shipping and receiving manager
Falk Paper, 618 N. 3rd St.

Taking a break is a necessary part of work, especially on a warm sunny day.

"Every chance I get, I try to get out in the summer," Matt Peterzen said as he enjoyed the sun and a cigarette outside the Falk Paper loading docks on North 3rd Street.

Peterzen said he oversees the transport of paper and plastic products such as bags, cups and plasticware. A company Web site says that Falk Paper provides products ranging from packaging materials and equipment to sanitary chemicals and supplies.

Peterzen's father Alan also works at the century-old company and "stuck his foot in the door" for his son.

Peterzen said he likes his job when it's relaxing, but it does get stressful.

"You have to run around and problem-solve; the freight line calls and says, 'Hey, we lost your product' It's not a job like a lawyer or a politician, but it does get stressful," Peterzen said. The self-described "26-year-old kid" has been in the industry for two years. "I'm getting used to it. It's getting better."

Sibling company C.J. Duffey Paper, just down the street at 528 Washington Ave. N., is a family affair as well. According to Peterzen, John Duffey, Sr. still works in the warehouse. Duffey's father founded the company in 1945.

"Everybody knows somebody, like me and my dad," Peterzen said.