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Mickey employees enjoy lunch as they celebrate 110 years in business and a banner 2014.

Mickey employees enjoy lunch as they celebrate 110 years in business and a banner 2014.

On Thursday, October 2, 2014, Mickey Truck Bodies’ employees came together at their High Point, NC headquarters for a special dual celebration marking the company’s 110th year in business and it’s “Best Year Ever,” which was its stated team goal for 2014.

Matt Sink, Manufacturing Manager, kicked off the festivities with a “truly heartfelt thank you to every single person in this company. One hundred ten years is a living legacy that we are continuing to build upon. It’s a legacy of great products, great customers and, most of all, great Mickey people – past and present. We have been in business for 110 years and this is our best year ever because of you. You should all be very proud of what you continue to accomplish here.”

Executive team honors employees with standing ovation

Executive team honors employees with standing ovation. From left: Jim Hiatt, Greg Fisher, Alex Sink, Matt Sink, Dean Sink, Gail Wells, Carl Mickey, Jr.

Carl Mickey, Jr., Executive Vice President and grandson of the company founder, Will Franklin Mickey, took to the podium and immediately offered his own “standing ovation” to the 300-plus employees in attendance under the giant party tent. “We’ve come a long way since 1904 when we started as a blacksmith shop with a dirt floor. Today we are celebrating because of your awesome dedication, loyalty and pride in what you do. Anyone who has worked at Mickey for any period of time is a true expert in their field. And to our newer employees, I promise you will become experts, too. To be 110 years old and still family-owned is an amazing feat. I truly do thank you for that.”

Matt Sink, Carl Mickey, Jr., Dean and Alex Sink (from left) with a giant Mickey birthday cake.

Matt Sink, Carl Mickey, Jr., Dean and Alex Sink (from left) with a giant Mickey birthday cake.

Company President Dean Sink anchored the dais with a tribute to teamwork and a nod to the weather. “Seems like just yesterday we were out here celebrating our 100th birthday,” he said. “It was a day just like today – warm and sunny. What a great day to have a birthday party outdoors.”

Dean told his colleagues that the driving force behind Mickey’s 110-year success story and its BEST YEAR EVER in 2014 is teamwork. “I’ll take great teams and great teammates over individual superstars every time. We make errors – we’re not perfect. If we didn’t make mistakes we would never innovate. The key is – we don’t point fingers; we don’t play the blame game. We back up our teammates and we just get it done right.”

Dean said he saw even greater success and prosperity in the future for Mickey and its employees if everyone commits to 2 things: “Always put the team first; and always get better.”

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