Josh Hoelscher is a long-time Silkworm employee of 16 years. As a press assistant Josh sets up, runs and tears down the automatic and manual presses.
Josh and the production team are vital pieces to the Silkworm puzzle, providing amazing service to all of Silkworm’s customers.
Josh is motivated by doing his job right and knowing he is offering the best customer service. Josh says he loves waking up every morning and coming to work.
Josh’s favorite part of his job is the people. “The internal relationships at Silkworm are awesome,” says Josh, “And I love getting to talk to everybody.”
Some of Josh’s favorite memories with Silkworm took place while tailgating at SIU football games. “Some of us used to go the SIU football games,” says Josh, “And we would have the best time!”
The song “Happy Go Lucky” describes Josh’s work ethic and personality perfectly. “I have an outgoing personality,” says Josh, “But I’m quiet and I do my job correctly!”
When talking about what we love most about Josh, Chuck Ticer a Union Direct printer at Silkworm mentions how Josh always gives him the Hoelscher hug! Josh’s positive attitude in the shop is contagious.
To some people, Josh goes by Jerry Mathers. “I don’t remember how the nickname started,” Josh states, “The name came from the character Theodore ‘Beaver’ Cleaver in Leave It To Beaver.”
If Josh could be anyone else he would be Bill Gates and have Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts as parents. “I would love to get paid to do nothing,” says Josh, “I would get treated like royalty all day every day.”
When Josh was four years old he was diagnosed with childhood cancer. He has been battling it for 32 years.
In October of 2014, Josh had a stroke not allowing him to work at Silkworm. The Silkworm team misses him and can’t wait for him to be back!
In April, many Silkworm employees hosted a Relay For Life Team Josh Dinner/Dance. The proceeds went to Josh and his family to help cover medical expenses.
Josh and his family strongly believe in the cause of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “St Jude is a great way to help others out,” says Josh, “it is a way to inspire people and to get healthy.”
Josh hopes that the generous donations will help find a cure. “Cancer is a nasty disease,” Josh states, “we want to help others in any way we can.”
Josh and his family have been actively involved in Relay for Life for 16 years. “Relay for Life events are always exciting,” says Josh, “It’s fun to stay up all night long for such a great cause.”
Relay for Life this year is taking place on May 29th from 6 PM to 12 AM at Riverside Park in Murphysboro, Illinois. Come out and join the cause to end childhood cancer! Sign up or donate.
“Silkworm is a great place to work,” says Josh, “my family and I are thankful for all of Silkworm’s support.”
“We miss you Josh and are always thinking of you! We can’t wait for you to be back with us at Silkworm!” –The Silkworm Team