An 86-year-old Bismarck man is honored for bleeding blueMandan, ND (WDAY TV) -- A lot of people look forward to retirement. Golden years spent away from snow and cold. Never to punch a time clock again. Then there is Alex Benz.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Mandan, ND (WDAY TV) -- A lot of people look forward to retirement. Golden years spent away from snow and cold. Never to punch a time clock again. Then there is Alex Benz.
The Bismarck man is 86, and still opens up the doors at Pepsi every day.
Alex has made Pepsi History.
Long before drivers pick up their cases of Pepsi and Mountain Dew, 86 year old Alex Benz has already swept the floors and unwrapped the pallets of Pepsi.
It is, after all, his job.
Pepsi is honoring Alex because of his loyalty to the company. He has worked here 60 years. 60. Since the time he arrived in America, after coming here from Germany after the war.
Mike Bryant/Pepsi Manager-Mandan: "He is a fixture here as well as the community, word is out we have an employee that has been here 60 years, the first Pepsi has had that."
Back in the day, he not only swept the floor, and changed oil on trucks, he helped unload bags of sugar and mix the syrup.
Alex: "Name it I have done it in this building."
Corporate even hired a special film crew recently to film the story of Alex.
The 13-minute story was told to hundreds at a special Las Vegas Convention where Alex was honored as the oldest, and longest running employee of Pepsi.
Mike Bryant: "He is a very giving person, every day he rounds up people for break, he brings cookies in, pop, for people to enjoy. He is passionate, he bleeds blue."
And if you think Alex has been loyal to Pepsi, Pepsi has been loyal to Alex. Years ago, the franchise owner offered Alex a life-time work contract.
Mike: "I am proud of what he did for me and what I did for him."
Alex even has his own Jacket.
Alex Benz, on both sides.
And get this, Alex is so loyal. He gasps at the thought of even trying the competition. At 86, he has held strong.
Alex: "I have been Pepsi since day one. I have not even had a Coke."
That's right, he has never tasted Coca Cola.
A huge boost for morale around here. At 86, you would think the R word would enter his mind.
Alex: "I, Kevin, could not stand it at home."
For Alex, life means Pepsi, and his coworkers never want to see him leave.
Mike: "You don't see a lot of this in this day in age. 60-years means you have an employee and a company loyal to each other. To see that this day in age, is unheard of."
A post war immigrant who wanted a fresh start. Got it, cherished it, and now has a multi national company thanking him for his dedication and promise to always bleed blue.
Alex's wife has passed away. His children are out of state, but attended his 60th celebration in Vegas.