Chevy headed to Savannah to honor a former engineer who worked for the company for more than 40 years.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 06, 2018
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As Paul Hitch's 101st birthday in March drew near, he decided to reach out to Chevrolet, his employer of 43 years until his retirement in the 1970s. Hitch, who spent much of his career at Chevy as Chief Engineer for Trucks, has always been a car enthusiast (he grew up in Indianapolis, where the famed Indy 500 still reigns) and was curious to learn more about their current design and engineering techniques.

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Since he's retired in Savannah, the trip to Detroit to get a tour of the company's headquarters unfortunately wasn't feasible. But not to be deterred by obstacles — on-road and off — Chevrolet decided to bring some birthday joy to him. Along with the current Chief Engineer for Chevy trucks, Eric Stanczak, the company brought along a 2018 Chevy Silverado and a Chevy truck from the 1970s for their visit to Paul and his son, Doug, in Savannah. A lifelong learner in the truest sense, Paul was very intrigued by the 2018 Silverado, asking Stanczak questions about how specific parts of the truck were made. Paul also enjoyed a special video call from General Motor's CEO Mary Barra.

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To see more sweet moments from the day, watch's video. We sincerely hope 102 is just as special for Paul and his family!