Willie Hatcher gives a great deal of credit to the public-school system in Mississippi when he was growing up in the 1950s for providing a variety of shop classes. Those instructional courses included woodworking, automotive, and machine shop, and they all provided Willie with the background he needed to contribute to Peavey Electronics as a product engineer. Willie joined the company in 1970 and is proud of the fact that he was employee number 36. He is also proud of the fact that the company grew in size and scope over the years to provide many jobs in his hometown of Meridian and in presenting innovative musical products to the world.
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