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May 15, 2014

Family Dollar marks 15 years in Duncan

DUNCAN — The Family Dollar distribution center celebrated its 15 year anniversary on Wednesday.

Team members had a cook out at the distribution center that has been in Duncan since May 1999. Regional Vice President Dave Clevenger said of the first hires made in 1999, 69  are still employed at the center. They serve stores in Oklahoma, Texas,  Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Missouri.

“We were celebrating being here in Duncan for 15 years,” Clevenger said. “It was to show an appreciation for the team members by having a cook out. The celebration is just for the awesome work ethic of the team members and having the team members make this a compelling place to work.”

Barbara McDevitt, department manager of the distribution center, explained that although they were celebrating 15 years in Duncan, the company is also celebrating team member appreciation month.

“We're having events each week this month to show appreciation to our team members. Today was a cook out for the celebration of the 15 year anniversary and also team member appreciation,” she said.

McDevitt has been a team member for the distribution center since 1999.

“It's been very good for me. I've been a department manager in every department they have,” McDevitt said. “It’s a good place for people to come to work and be able to move up, too. We have a manager training program, we have a program called goal which helps them get their leadership development and move up in the company. They do like to promote from within, which is something that is good for our area.”

The distribution center’s employees were given t-shirts to commemorate the 15-year anniversary.

Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation President Lyle Roggow attended the cookout to visit with the distribution center’s workers.

“This is an opportunity for us to say thanks and celebrate with their employees and their success of being here,” Roggow said. “We’re just glad that they are located in our community and have helped diversify the type of workforce that we have.”

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