Holidays at Wallside: Time to celebrate employees and give back

Callie Harpe started working in a vocational job at Wallside Windows when she was only 17 years old and still attending high school.

Twenty years later, she is among several employees being honored for working at the factory. It’s tradition during our annual holiday luncheon. Wallside never misses a chance to honor employees marking milestones – like two decades with the company!

“It’s crazy how time flies,” Callie said. “Stuart and Stanford have been really good to me and I love and respect them both.” She said of the Blancks who run the business started by Martin Blanck. “They truly are good people! I’ve literally grown up here.”

Celebrating those Wallside milestones along with Callie are:

·       20-year anniversaries: Suzanne Campbell, Aaron Lucas and Laura Bradley

·       25-year anniversaries: Melissa Lochner

·       30-year anniversaries: John Panek, Steve Gilliam and David Ball

Wallside gets into the holiday spirit every year with a luncheon for our office and factory employees. To spruce up the office, President Stuart Blanck buys poinsettias and wreaths, which office employees are welcome to take home on the last day of work for the year, if they’re one of the lucky ones chosen in a drawing.

Wallside Windows employees get into the holiday spirit and give back to their community.

Wallside Windows employees get into the holiday spirit and give back to their community.

Giving back is also a hallmark of Wallside employees’ holiday spirit. This year, a few office employees are gathering donations to help a single mother with two preschool-age children and two elementary-age students during the holiday season.

Aaron Lucas and Becky Poe helped spearhead the effort. They earned the support of the Stanford and Stuart Blanck, as well as Chief of Staff Adam Blanck.

“We knew we wanted to help out a family or a worthy charity in our local Michigan area, but we also wanted a legitimate cause,” Aaron said. He contacted Trillium Academy in Taylor, where his kids go to school, and was connected to the school’s social worker who had close to 15 families in need. He presented the family most in need, a struggling mother of four.

Within minutes of a company-wide Facebook post that went up on Friday, Dec. 15, donations were already coming in. “There are a handful of window companies in Michigan, (but) it’s moments like this that show one of the many reasons of why Wallside is the best!” Aaron said.

Aaron, like Callie, also marked a milestone with the company during the 2017 holiday luncheon.

“When I started, I had no time planned, as far as how long I would stay. Three babies, two dogs and a cat later, I am just very thankful I am still here.

“Working relationships can make co-workers like family. Life throws curve balls at times, and I, like a lot of us, have gone through my fair share of trying times. I am thankful for these relationships. I do not want to know where I’d be without the friends I have here at Wallside.”

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