By THERESA PETERSON
IRON MOUNTAIN - Iron Mountain has a new postmaster.
Mike Johnson of Granite Bluff took over the position in October after Thomas Selin retired in June.
Although he has a new title, Johnson is anything but new to the postal business. His first postal job was as a clerk at the Iron Mountain office in 1975. He was 16-years-old at the time.
"We didn't have any automation whatsoever. Everything was manually sorted, including all the way down to putting the cancellation on the letter. We were sorting into 49 hold bins by hand. The point we're at right now we can cancel 30,000 letters in an hour. The machines are processing at 36,000 letters an hour," he said.
Johnson says he enjoyed working back in the 70s. "There were more employees, we worked together more as a team to process it. It was more of a team effort. Now you get on one of those machines and your running by yourself. There is no contact with other employees."
Previously Johnson worked at Iron Mountain Post Office as the supervisor of delivery in 1987 until he became the Iron River postmaster in 2000 and Norway's postmaster in 2005, where he stayed seven years before being promoted the Iron Mountain office.
"I'm pretty excited about getting to be postmaster in my hometown." he said.
Johnson is a 1976 graduate of Kingsford High School. He and his wife, Melody have two children.