Cancer recently took away a cherished member of the LBT family. Although most of us didn’t know her, we knew her work intimately. Even though we didn’t know her name, we admired her attention to detail. That woman was Rumiko Wheeley, a pattern maker at LBT. Known as Miko to her friends, she will be sorely missed by all.
Miko Wheeley joined the LBT family in 1992 (21 years ago) and throughout her career proved to be an invaluable asset/team member. Miko began as a team sewer and later transitioned to the fabric-cutting department, progressing up to pattern making and design. She later became the leader of the fabric cutting/pattern department. Early on Miko displayed a strong work ethic and attention to detail. Well liked and respected by all members of the LBT team, one of her strong points was her ability to train and share her knowledge/experience with others. Miko was a key element in our design and engineering department with an instinctive capacity for developing, reengineering, and updating products. She will be greatly missed as a team member as well as a person.