TOWN OF TONAWANDA — After almost 30 years of work and travel away from the Buffalo area, a Tonawanda resident has come back home to lead one of the town's largest industrial plants.
Warren Hoy, who was born and raised in the town, recently accepted the position of Plant Manager at the local DuPont Yerkes plant on River Road.
Hoy is a 31-year veteran of the company, most recently serving as the plant manager in Fort Madison, Iowa.
When his boss called and asked him to head up Tonawanda's plant, Hoy was excited to come home. He has many friends and family that still live in the area, and his wife is from Cheektowaga.
"Here, I can talk to employees about where I went to high school, the Bills and the Sabres," he said. "Those things didn't matter anywhere else, but here, it's a starting point."
Plant spokesman Peter Ciotta echoed Hoy's thoughts.
"It's important to be able to connect with people," Hoy said. "It's about personalizing leadership."
Hoy has talked to many DuPont employees about his youth in the town, when he went to Glendale Elementary before attending Sweet Home Middle and High School.
He then graduated from Cornell University with a degree in chemical engineering and accepted his first DuPont job at the Niagara Falls plant.
"I had a chemistry teacher at Sweet Home who motivated me in that direction," Hoy said. "Part of why I liked manufacturing is that I could do something different everyday. It was the path that would most likely allow me to do an array of different things."
Since Hoy's first job, he's worked at over 12 plants, spending time in Texas, Georgia and Delaware, working his way up through the company. Hoy and his wife have three sons, who all live in Texas.