2019 Employee Anniversary Party
On Wednesday, May 8th we honored 69 Colony Brands employees who were celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service.
Remarkable! That’s how we feel about our 69 honorees celebrating a milestone work anniversary at Colony Brands this year. Together, they have contributed their time and talent for nearly 2,200 YEARS of service! We cannot thank them enough for their dedication to the Colony Brands Team.
Congratulations to these 69 employees! See below for just a few of the fond memories and stories that were submitted by our honorees.
6 employees celebrating 45 years:
8 employees celebrating 40 years:
17 employees celebrating 35 years:
11 employees celebrating 30 years:
27 employees celebrating 25 years:
A few employee stories…
Joe Wahl began his career in the Bakery Sanitation department 35 years ago. In 1999, he transitioned to Outside Maintenance where he plans to finish out his Colony Brands career. Joe thinks this is a good company to work for and enjoys his co-workers. Joe remembers when he started, Jake, a Swiss Baker, pestered him constantly about signing up for the company’s retirement plan. Joe said he was only going to be here a year and didn’t want to bother with it. Well, he finally relented and signed up. So, 35 years later, and about four years from retirement, Joe can look at his retirement fund and be very thankful for that nagging from Jake.
Starlet Fatchett started as a temporary employee in the Clinton Fulfillment Center 25 years ago. In addition to Clinton, she worked in Camanche and DeWitt, and is currently a QA supervisor in our Peosta facility. A funny memory for Starlet is when teaching her teenage daughters it’s not that difficult to walk to school, she decided to walk to work every day, no matter the weather. Near the end of the year, Starlet took a fall and hurt her elbow pretty badly. Even though everyone was telling her she should go home, she toughed it out at work. After all, she had perfect attendance and didn’t want to mess that up for the year.
Dean Hansen began his adventure with Colony Brands 25 years ago as a Receiving Supervisor in Camanche, Iowa. After a neighboring fire destroyed that facility, Dean has since worked in Monroe, DeWitt and all three Clinton facilities. In 2010, he was promoted to his current role as an Assistant Returns Manager. Dean has met many great personalities over the years and likes that there are never two years alike. He feels truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to work for such a generous, innovative company!