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Blue Ox and Automatic Equipment Manufacturing employees came together on Sept. 13 at the Stoney Creek Inn in Sioux City, Iowa, for company’s annual service awards banquet.

According to a press release, the event was hosted by Mike Hesse, CEO and chairman; Jeff Carlson, CMO; and Ashley McQuistan, director of human resources. This year, 25 employees were recognized for 365 years of combined service. 

Blue Ox employees are recognized in five-year increments and receive cash awards in recognition of their years of service: Employees who have served for five years receive $50 per year; employees with 10 years or more receive $100 per year served. 

45 years of service: Joan Beckman, assembly tech 

40 years of service: Jolene Brehmer, accounts payable, Clerk Doug Glaubius, fabrication supervisor 

30 years of service: Ray Potter, assembly tech 

25 years of service: Ron Duncan, welder; Rhonda Hermelbracht, production planner; Corey Meyer, shipping and receiving tech 

15 years of service: Edward Issac, assembly tech; Todd Kubik, material handler; Aaron Mahaney, maintenance tech; Terry Mailloux, operations manager; Roxanne Simonsen, lead customer care specialist 

10 Years of Service: Leonard Baier, painter; Paul Choquette, engineering and operations manager 

Five Years of Service: Curtis Carpenter, dealer development manager; Travis Feyerherm, tube laser operator; Luis Godinez, tube laser operator; Justin Gummert, shipping team lead ; Patricia Lierman, product and sales information specialist; Nathan Mueller, director of finance; Jesus Perez, assembly tech; Steve Peterson, welder; Cody Reifsteck, ag assembly tech; Derek Victor, machine operator; Chad Wall, marketing/creative design manager 

“It is a huge honor to recognize the hard work, commitment each of our award recipients have given to Blue Ox and Automatic Equipment Manufacturing,” said Hesse. “I am always inspired by the years of service our employees devote to our shared venture and look forward to the success their inventiveness and dedication will ensure for years to come.”