Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those in Pella, Marshalltown, and Bondurant affected by the tornadoes, Thursday, July 19. The EF3 tornado that hit Marshalltown was especially devastating — little left standing in its wake. One thing stood untouched, one of the town’s Goalsetter hoops. It’s quality craftsmanship withstood the 144 mph winds. Many Co-Liners have reached out to those affected. We thank you for your efforts.
Close to 1,000 bicyclists riding the RAGBRAI® “century loop” stopped by Co-Line Thursday, July 26, for a restroom break and free bottle of water. Over 700 bottles were handed out. Bikers also had the opportunity for a photo by the palm trees.
One of Co-Line’s own joined the RAGBRAI riders for a day. Joel Schmidt, his wife Heather, and their 20-month-old son, Ryder, stopped by Co-Line for a picture in front of the palm trees. The family rode from Co-Line to Montezuma! Ryder rode in a bike trailer behind Joel the whole way and was a fantastic biking buddy. This was their fourth time participating in RAGBRAI and Ryder’s first RAGBRAI ride!
Co-Line helped design, manufacture, and install new signage for the Lynnville-Sully School District in July. According to L-S Superintendent Shane Ehresman, signage on or around the boundaries of Lynnville-Sully School District has been on the school’s want list for several years. Just in time for more than 10,000 RAGBRAI riders to pedal into the district, the project’s group put up the first two of five signs that will welcome travelers entering the district. The first one was installed just 3 miles east of Reasnor on Hwy F62. The second one was installed just north of Co-Line along T-33. Great job team Co-Line!
The Second Annual Motor Mania contest was held June 15. Employees had the opportunity to show off their sweet rides, from vintage cars to tractors to motorcycles. You can still see the tire marks in the parking lot from the burnout contest — Jake McElroy was burnout winner. In second place was Jason Teft. Ironically, both guys are from Co- Line’s maintenance department.
On Mar. 24, Roger Van Hal, Ryan Johnson, Chris Tice, Jason Allbee, Cory Tice, and their families geared up to package 1,728 meals in less than an hour at Lynnville Friends Church. Team Co-Line was part of eight groups that packaged nearly 15,000 meals that morning for the Jasper County Take Away Hunger event. This year, these meals are staying in the United States, helping those in Texas and Florida. The groups even got to taste test the meals.
Along with the greater cause of helping others, Co-Liners also enjoyed a few laughs seeing Ryan Johnson’s beard in a hair net and Roger “Tall” Van Hal might have been a little too tall for the assembly line. Great job, Team Co-Line!
Above: Carter Tice, Mckayla Tice, Kinsley Tice, and Brilynn Tice. Back: Ryan Johnson, Logan Allbee, Roger Van Hal, Deanne Tice, Jason Allbee, Chris Tice, Hadley Tice, Shawna Tice, and Cory Tice.
On Hawaiian shirt day, numerous Co-Liners showed their true colors and pretended, only for a while, that it was sunny, 80 degrees, and that Lake Seven-A was a tropical beach, not a frozen pond. Winners for best shirt won a pair of pineapples and Co-Line coins.
SOUTH BUILDING WINNER
The winner by popular vote was Dale Maston with his pink lei necklace. Rumor has it that he shared his winnings with others who actually dressed up.
NORTH BUILDING WINNER
Reggie Kaldenberg was named the winner for her full getup, complete with purple hair.
Linda Arkema won for her matching lei headband and bracelets.
This Valentine’s Day, it paid to be dating or married to a Co-Liner. Co-Liners shelled out the big bucks for their loved ones (or maybe it was all for themselves — we’ll never know). Seventy-seven employees participated in ordering a range of gifts made available by the company.
- Cranberry Stone Cupcakes: 270 cupcakes
- Van Wijk Winery Wine: 82 total bottles
- Sweet Creations Cookies: 253 cookies
- Flower Bouquets by Thistles Flower Shop: 32 total bouquets
- Dinner-to-Go by Country Catering: 41 meals
- Laser Cut Love Signs: 19 signs
- Merle Norman in Pella: 6 Manicures, 1 Pedicure, and 5 Mani/Pedi combos
Indian Hills brought their welding class of high school seniors for a tour of Co-Line on Jan. 18. The 14 students and two instructors toured the north building with Eric Leonard and were wowed by the big stamping presses. They learned about the application and interviewing process at Co-Line and listened to Zach McClellan share his career path story. Dan Schutte toured a variety of areas in the south building and shared with the group the variety of welding that happens at Co-Line. The group was active and asked a lot of good questions, and we hope to see so me of these students as future Co-Line employees!
Eight students and a tool & die instructor from DMACC visited Co-Line as a part of their curriculum on Jan. 23. The group arrived after 4 p.m. and had class at Co-Line for the evening. They have been studying press operations and feeders in class via videos. The opportunity to visit Co-Line and see stamping presses and feeders in person was a great opportunity, “especially since there is a quiz on feeders tomorrow,” said instructor John Neumeyer. Mike Helleur, Chris Tice, Dave Hobbs, and Eric Leonard participated in the demonstration by explaining the process, materials, and various press and feeder operations. This opportunity to visit with students who will be finishing their studies this summer is a great way to make an impact on students who are about to join the workforce. A big thank you to those who shared their talents with these youngsters!
Pella Christian High School senior and Pella native, Ethan Van Zee (shown left), got a week long’s worth of on-the-job welding experience at Co-Line, January 2-11. For the sixth year in a row, PCHS held its program called Winterim right after students come back from Christmas break. Seniors and juniors can choose to go on a service trip, take a class, or intern at an area business to explore potential occupations in their areas of interest.
“Interning at Co-Line has been a great experience,” said Van Zee. “I got to do a little of everything and work with some nice people. My trainers were knowledgeable and gave me experience in all parts of the job.”
Van Zee’s foreseeable plans after graduating would be to either go to school for welding or go straight to work, potentially coming back to Co-Line to officially join the Co-Line welding team.
Shown below: Randy Vinton, welder, training Ethan Van Zee on the welding procedures used at Co-Line.