Emil Schultz IV Seven Seals Award Recipient

M&S of the Month_webBy: Paula Green

 

Emil Schultz IV, 22 of Middlesex Township is the owner of Schultz Ornamental Iron, a wrought iron fabrication business.  The company was founded in the 1940s, where it started off as a blacksmith shop run by Schultz’s great-grandfather.  His father, Emil III turned it into an ornamental iron business.  “I started helping my dad in the shop, welding and making railings and gates when I was three years old,” Schultz commented.

Today, Schultz runs the family business where he’s passionate about his job, and is willing to help others learn the tricks of his trade.  He was recently honored with the Seven Seals Award for his camaraderie.  This accolade is presented by the Defense Department office: Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).  It recognizes individuals or organizations that support or promote ESGR’s mission.

In October, Schultz fulfilled the wish of a military couple.  Mariah Joyce of Beaver County wanted to do something special for her husband Adam, so she reached out to Schultz.

“I got an email from Mariah; she wanted to surprise Adam with one of his hobby interest.  He likes to weld and play around with metal work and she wanted Adam to get some hand-on experience.  He was due to get deployed and she wanted to do something unique with him.  Mariah contacted two other companies to arrange a possible tour, one said ‘no” and the other never replied.  When I got her email, I was thrilled to accommodate her.  I asked my family and friends to help me.  Two of my friends Greg and Karl, my Dad, my Aunt (Teresa Gomori) and my girlfriend (Kelsie Pettit) assisted me with the event,” noted Schultz.

“In addition to touring our shop, we allowed them to use our machines to craft a project.  They made a branch mirror frame for their two daughters.  We also prepared them a homemade lunch.  It felt amazing to reach out and allow Mariah and Adam to fulfill this special wish.  I was really bothered that two people put their lives on the line so that we can have our freedom, and yet I get to do what I love every day.  They’re the ones making the sacrifice and I was happy to see them so excited.  Not only did I help them out by opening the doors, but I also got to meet two great people, and we’re now good friends,” Schultz remarked.

Schultz was awarded the Seven Seals Award on Dec. 28 when ESGR representatives paid him a surprise visit at his shop.  The Joyces nominated him for his hospitality and his support.