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beth rickers/daily globe Mike Hibma poses for a photo in his office, which has a window that overlooks the manufacturing floor at Champion Home Builders on Rowe Avenue in Worthington.

Hibma hangs up his hardhat

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WORTHINGTON -- Forty-two years ago this week, Mike Hibma was a fresh-faced kid who reported for his first day of work at a brand-new manufacturing plant on Rowe Avenue in Worthington.

On Friday, Mike -- now a grizzled veteran of the modular building trade -- will exit the building as a retiree.

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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at http://lagniappe.areavoices.com/.  
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