Hy-Vee honors employees for service

Hy-Vee honors employees for service
Employees from the Vermillion Hy-Vee store are among more than 1,950 Hy-Vee employees to be honored for achieving service milestones in 2006.

Hy-Vee's Service Awards program, now in its 42nd year, recognizes employees for continuous service to the company. At a series of seven banquets held throughout Hy-Vee's seven-state area in October, the company will pay tribute to employees reaching service milestones ranging from five to 40 years.

Close to 200 of those honored this year are celebrating anniversaries of 25 years or more with the company. In addition eight employees who are the first recipients of the Hy-Vee Legendary Customer Service Award will be honored at the dinners.

Employees celebrating service anniversaries receive customized gifts that increase in value as the years of service increase. Moreover, their photos are published in a special souvenir book distributed throughout the company.

Recipients also receive personal congratulations from Hy-Vee Chairman and CEO Ric Jurgens, who poses for a commemorative photo with each Service Award recipient.

"If it were not for our tenured employees ? people who show up for work every day with a smile on their face and a knock-your-socks-off attitude toward customer service ? Hy-Vee would not enjoy the level of success that it has," said Jurgens. "Personal thanking them for their service is one of the most enjoyable things I do each year."

The six Service Award recipients from Vermillion will be honored at a banquet held Oct. 8 in Sioux Falls. Those reaching service milestones this year were:

Five years ? Nancy Nelson, Gerry Peterson, Doug Thompson.

10 years ? Sue Berg.

15 years ? Ron Kjose.

20 years ? Ruth Bates.

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