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Published December 02, 2012, 08:48 PM

Wahpeton man gets his dream-gift for being a great employee

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's proof of the value of a great employee, as a Wahpeton man is surprised with a dream-gift from his employer. The big gift-reveal was at the WCCO Belting company's Christmas party, honoring the man for 40 years of showing up on time, being there for the company - just being an all around great employee.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) -- It's proof of the value of a great employee, as a Wahpeton man is surprised with a dream-gift from his employer. The big gift-reveal was at the WCCO Belting company's Christmas party, honoring the man for 40 years of showing up on time, being there for the company - just being an all around great employee.

Mike Boock is unwrapping a gift from his employer of 40 years, it's a small model car. Underneath that toy car? A key.

In roared a fully-restored 1972 Corvette that matched the model in Mike's hand.

Mike Boock - 40 Years at WCCO Belting: "I really didn't have any idea until I picked it up and saw the key. It still didn't dawn on me until the doors and drove it in."

What a way to show appreciation. Mike started working for WCCO Belting fresh out of high school in 1972.

Mike Boock: "I was able to stay close to my family around here and everything, so I just believe that's why I stayed."

Tom Shorma - President/CEO, WCCO Belting: "He's just a quiet, steady guy. Kind of one of those guys that's the foundation. Somebody that everyone gets along with and appreciates."

Owners say they wanted to do something special for their first 40 year employee. They went above and beyond, knowing Mike's passion for cars and trucks.

Tom Shorma: "Raising a family right out of high school, he just never was one to indulge in those types of things for himself."

The process of buying this ride and restoring it was in the works for the past year was kept a secret the whole time. Now Mike hopes it's not a hint for him to ride into retirement.

Mike Boock: "It's amazing to work with a company that would awesomely do something like this. I have a few more years left, and hopefully they'll keep me around and stuff. But I'm just gonna keep doing my job."

Mike works as a shipping and receiving manager at the company.

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