Today I want to give a shout out to WCCO Belting in Wahpeton. I had never heard of WCCO Belting before today, but it only took one story in The Forum to put them on the top of my favorites list. The reason the company is on my favorites list is simple: they evidence loyalty to, and respect for, employees. There just isn’t enough of that in the world these days.
From the story in The Forum I learned that WCCO Belting is a family business and the president, Thomas Shorma, always goes out of his way to recognize employees on their employment anniversary dates. It was on the occasion of such a recognition event over the weekend – an event celebrating Mike Boocks 40th year with the company – that the company’s commitment to long-term service became the news of the day. Mike’s 40 year anniversary was commemorated in a very special way.
Mike started with the company in 1972 at the age of 19 and has been with them ever since. You don’t hear that too often anymore. The days of staying with one company your entire work life are all but gone. Of course, that is in part because the loyalty and respect for employees has too often been lost by companies focused on an economic bottom line above all else. But not WCCO Belting and not Thomas Shorma – they place primacy on people.
And the proof is in the pudding- well it is sitting in Mike Boock’s driveway – a restored 1972 Corvette. That was the gift his company gave him to commemorate his 40 years of commitment to the business. Wow…how cool is that? A classic car for a loyal employee from a grateful business.
Two thumbs up to WCCO Belting for doing right by its employees. You not only do the community of Wahpeton proud, you do the State of North Dakota proud as well. I hope businesses around the country will take note of your good example and will be reminded that happy and dedicated employees are an important part of a successful business.
Day one thousand two hundred and forty-five of the new forty – obla di obla da