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Hy-Vee honors employees for service

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 9:42 a.m. CST

Employees from the Osceola Hy-Vee store are among more than 2,400 Hy-Vee employees honored for achieving new service milestones in 2013.

Hy-Vee’s Service Awards program, now in its 49th year, recognizes employees for continuous service to the company. At a series of eight banquets held in October throughout Hy-Vee’s eight-state operating territory this year, the company will pay tribute to employees reaching service milestones ranging from five to 45 years.

In addition, this year Hy-Vee honors more than 2,000 employees with 20 years or more of continuous service to the company, as well as 10 employees who were recently inducted into the Hy-Vee Hall of Fame as recipients of the 2013 Legendary Customer Service Award.

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

Recipients also receive personal congratulations from Hy-Vee chairman and chief-executive officer Randy Edeker, who poses for a commemorative photo with each Service Award recipient.

“Honoring our employee-owners for their service to the company is one of the most important things we do at Hy-Vee,” Edeker said. “These men and women are the ones who bring the ‘helpful smile in every aisle’ to life in our stores. Without them, there would be no Hy-Vee, so we make sure to let them know how much we value and appreciate their commitment to their customers, their co-workers and their communities.”

The two Service Award recipients from Osceola were honored at a banquet held Oct. 21 in Des Moines. Those reaching service mile­stones this year were:

Five years: Kelsie Dommer.

Ten years: Sarah Donaldson

Hy-Vee recognizes all our employees with over 20 years of service: Tom Koffman – 22 years, Ralph Stevens – 24 years and Kathy Schultz – 34 years.

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