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Michigan Dealer Retires, Gives Employees $1,000 for Every Year of Service

September 14, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Howard Cooper, 83, wished to leave behind something special for his employees upon his retirement. So he gave 89 employees $1,000 for each year of service at his Howard Cooper Import Center.

“The lady behind me had tears running down her face,” employee Sandy Reagan, who has worked for 46 of the dealership’s 47 years in business, told AnnArbor.com. “I sat next to a person who drives the parts van and he’s been here almost 28 years. He doesn’t make a ton of money, but he got almost $28,000.”

Ohio-based Germain Motor Co. purchased Cooper’s dealership in April and agreed to retain all of Cooper’s employees. The Ohio-based group will take over later this month, according to AnnArbor.com.

Cooper opened the store in 1965 as a Volkswagen dealership and expanded with Audi and Porsche franchises in 1972 and Honda in 1979, AnnArbor.com reported.

“I wanted to thank my employees, and that was a way I could do it,” Cooper told the local media website. “I hope it makes a difference in their lives like they have made in mine.”

Comments

  1. 1. Rp [ September 14, 2012 @ 07:10PM ]

    This is an example of of how employers took care of employers in the 50's.

  2. 2. Jim Ganther [ September 15, 2012 @ 07:44AM ]

    Bravo, Mr. Cooper! You remembered the truth behind a great Kenny Chesney song: "I Didn't Get Here Alone." May you enjoy a blessed and healthy retirement.

  3. 3. Dave [ September 18, 2012 @ 11:38AM ]

    What a difference in thinking compared to today's generational thinking.

    ddamusis@ix.netcom.com

  4. 4. Dave [ September 18, 2012 @ 11:38AM ]

    What a difference in thinking compared to today's generational thinking.

    ddamusis@ix.netcom.com

  5. 5. rob [ September 18, 2012 @ 06:27PM ]

    the " art of living is the art of giving" hats off to you Mr Cooper your a class act..

 

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