This past Wednesday, June 20th, William “Richard” Cramer passed away. He was 86 years old and died peacefully, surrounded by family. Richard bought Star Milling Co in 1970 and was an innovator in the feed and egg industries. As most eloquently said by a current employee, “Richard not only grew the business with Integrity but also made it into a family,” and that I think is true to this day, leaving some large shoes to fill. There are so many people that work here or that have worked here previously – customers, vendors, etc. that knew him, through other businesses he had such as Orchard Egg Farms, Manchester Feeds and of course Star Milling Co. This photo was taken at our Christmas luncheon in 2017. From left to right Paul Cramer, Richard Cramer, Bill Cramer, 3 generations together celebrating the family business. I am glad that he was able to see what he had started one last time. He enjoyed meeting everyone, seeing faces that he had known from past years as well as new. He will be missed and his legacy will be remembered every day, in the success that he has left behind and in the people that knew and loved him.
Today is June 22nd, which means it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day! How many of you brought your buddy with you to the job? Are lucky enough to be able to bring their dog to work every day?
We are seeing a trend that more and more companies are allowing employees to bring well behaved pets with them to the office on a regular basis. This perk is joining the list of more traditional benefits like gym memberships or subsidized childcare. Perhaps because for millennials in the work force, pets are important family members too!
Caring for animals has many physical and emotional health benefits, and those carry over to a work setting. They are a great source of stress relief and contribute to a more relaxed atmosphere. Animals also help people be more social, and break the ice in tense or uncomfortable situations. Rough meeting? It’s a good thing you have a friendly furry face waiting for you back in your office, ready to love you unconditionally.
Interested in getting hired at a dog friendly company? Here is a short list of a few companies to look into!