One of Hewitt Lea Funck’s first employees was Emmanuel Pasquier, born in France in 1881.
In 1914 the 33 year old brought his wife and two young sons to Sumner from Sumas, Washington.
Emmanuel was a planer operator. Emmanuel was good at it and in the following years showed that he was also good at taking rough concepts or ideas and turning them into innovative machinery, tooling and machining processes.
When Willard Young purchased HLF in 1933, Emmanuel was the shop forman.
When his sons, Mike and Charlie bought the company in 1952, Emmanual continued working at the plant until retirement in 1964.
In 1923, Mike Pasquier first worked at the mill at the age of 11.
In 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, Mike Pasquier completed his Chemical Engineering Degree at UW, and moved home to Sumner. He spent this time experimenting with various wood glues, for Willard V. Young, in his parents' basement.
In 1933 he was hired by Harbor Plywood in Aberdeen to work on exterior wood glues, increase production efficiencies and reduce fuel costs.
He was the first Chemical Engineer hired by the Plywood Industry.
In 1936, having successfully developed the formula for waterproof wood glue, Mike was hired by M and M Woodworking in Portland, Oregon to assist them in the production of Exterior Plywood.