Friday, Dec. 21 was the 2018 company-wide Christmas lunch. The free lunch served by Julie Roose and the Country Catering Crew was delicious, especially the yummy cheesecake! After lunch, names were drawn to participate in the Plinko game and seven lucky winners got to choose from seven mysterious prizes. While only a select few were chosen to participate in the games, everyone won when bonus checks were handed out to all employees based on their years of service. Christmas cheer was shared by all.
Co-Line’s second annual food donation drive netted 627 pounds of non-perishable food products for the East Jasper Christian Food Pantry.
For each pound of food donated by employees, Co-Line matched monetarily and on Monday, Nov. 26, the company presented East Jasper Christian Food Pantry with a check for $627 in addition to the two pallets of food.
“Instead of catering in a big feast for our employees the day before Thanksgiving as we had for years, we started a new tradition last year encouraging employees to bring in food pantry donations in exchange for a free pizza lunch. The response was greater than we could imagine and together Team Co-Line is blessing many others during this holiday season,” shared the Brand family.
The food donated for the Thanksgiving Food Drive filled a van and was quite a load to sort and count. Luckily, third generation Co-Liners, Carter and Abigail Brand, had it all sorted and weighed prior to the van arriving.
Co-Line employees kicked off their Employee Quarterly Meeting with creativity and fun on Friday, Oct. 26. Following a free BBQ meal, a Halloween costume contest was enjoyed by all.
BEST OVERALL: Oscar the Grouch — Wendi Beason
MOST CREATIVE: Super Mario — James Heimbuck
FUNNIEST: Maid — Jason Teft
BEST IMPERSONATION: Scooby Doo — Mark Van Wyk
It was a small showing for Motor Mania on Friday, Sept. 21 at 9:00 break, but the burnouts and fun times still abounded. Questionable weather earlier that morning and a busy time of year kept some employees saving their pride and joy on wheels for another time. Josh Good was named burnout king with his Chevy S10 truck. The next Motor Mania will be scheduled in the spring.
For the August wellness challenge, Co-Liner’s were challenged to create teams for Co-Line’s 2nd Annual Amazing Race. Because of a rain delay, the race happened Sept. 14. This race is no easy feat, with five challenges: kayaking, running, shooting hoops, biking, and bags throwing. Each team showed amazing stamina, but first place could only go to one team.
FIRST PLACE: TIME = 7:49.85 — Kyle Soderblom, Tanner Briggs, Joel Schmidt, Jeff Smith, and Dale Maston
(Each team member received $100 cash)
SECOND PLACE: TIME = 10:04.19 — Gabby Axmear, Kyle Wilson, Dale Brand, Jason Teft, and Roger Belcher
(Each team member received a $25 gift card and a $20 Co-Line coin)
Third place was very close coming in at 10:06.17. All others that participated got a free lunch coin.
Another epic Co-Line Company Picnic is in the books — bounce houses, live music, barrel train rides, log sweeper challenge, redneck wind chimes, donut eating contest, custard and pie, a wonderful BBQ meal, and the most spectacular fireworks show to date with a surprise fiery finish. And every employee left a little richer — those who attended scored lottery tickets earning $25, $50, $75, or $100. A good time was had by all. Thank you to all the Co-Liners who came with your families to celebrate another successful year. See the full photo album below.
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!