Most people get a plaque or a gold watch for being long-time employees of a company.
Not Mike Boock.
After working 40 years for WCCO Belting in Wahpeton, N.D., Boock earned a toy model of a 1972 Corvette, in honor of his first year at the company.
Well, not quite.
That was just the appetizer before the real meal. You see, the key to an actual restored 1972 Corvette was taped to the bottom of the toy!
“It’s a beautiful gift,” said an appreciative Boock, who is the shipping and receiving manager at WCCO Belting. “I’m totally amazed.”
Apparently, Thomas Shorma, company president, has made a habit of recognizing all workers when they reach employment anniversary milestones, but Boock never expected to be given a gold ’Vette during a roast honoring his 40 years of dedicated service to the plant.
“It says a lot about the family, and the family business, for them to do something like this for their employees,” Boock said. “I really appreciate it.”
Boock started working at WCCO Belting when he was just 19 and looking for work after getting out of high school. Since then, he’s filled a variety of roles for the company.
As for the Corvette, Boock has already found out that his new car has some power after taking it out for a spin Sunday and says he plans to enjoy it a few more days before the usual winter weather forces him to put it up in a garage until spring.
Since Boock says he has no plans to retire anytime soon, might a 50th anniversary Corvette be in his future if he reaches the half-century milestone?