Changing Workforce / Leadership Skills

Retiring Graco factory worker looks back on 50-year career

By the Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Dec 02, 2019

Gene Koehler at 19 took an entry-level job at the original Graco factory in northeast Minneapolis for $2.35 an hour in 1970.

“I found a good fit at Graco,” said Koehler, 68, the manufacturer’s longest-serving employee and who plans to call it a career at 50 years next spring.

“Gene takes pride in his work and comes to work … with the intention of doing the best job he can,” said Jill Haubenschild, factory manager at the Anoka lubrication-equipment plant. “He is also proud of what he has been able to provide his family over his career at Graco.”

Read the full story, "Retiring Graco factory worker looks back on 50-year career," at startribune.com. 

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