I am delighted to share my favorite memory with you all. My name is Michelle Marie Koch and I am from Loretto, Minnesota. I am an extremely proud employee of 29 years, a Quarter Century Club member and I currently hold a position as the Administrative Assistant of Finance at Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc., Hamel Minnesota.

My story begins …I was asked to volunteer at Loram’s Heritage Celebration. Excitedly…I accepted. That opportunity turned into an invite to commemorate the 1998 Centennial Reunion, which turned out to be the most unbelievable event of my life. That weekend, I took part in one of the largest private parties in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at Heritage Park Historical Village. The guest count was endless. The air was filled with cigar smoke, knee-slapping, toe-tapping festive music, a variety of delicious foods and many-many beverages. Everyone had smiles for miles.

I will never forget looking around at the estimated 1,500 people, a cold beer in each hand and the thought in my head, “I can’t believe I am actually standing here.” I can tell you that moment of emotion is one of my top five feelings of awe in my career. I have never ever felt so privileged to be a part of such a strong and giving corporate community. I will forever thank God for the many opportunities with my Loram family, my gift of health and being employed with the BEST EVER Company “Loram”. I will treasure this experience for a lifetime.

My Congratulations to the Mannix Family on 150 Years of being Strong and Free and I wish you all many more for generations to come.

Thank you!

Michelle K – Loram Maintenance of Way

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