Lowell Rieks Memorial Tree and Plaque
Jun 20, 2017
Last Thursday Autumn CEO Julie Andrich and End Dump Freight Manager Josh Rieger attended the Grand Opening of North American Trailer’s (NAT) new service center in Inver Grove Heights, MN. The Grand Opening included delicious BBQ, refreshments and prizes. There was even a tractor and trailer set down on the ground for a demonstration of NAT’s new tow truck service capabilities.
Some good food and a fantastic looking facility were expected, but NAT had a big surprise in store that Julie definitely wasn’t expecting. When walking around the facility she was shown the outdoor break area NAT had set up for its employees. And there, next to the patio, was a tree and a plaque planted in memory of Julie’s father and Autumn founder Lowell Rieks.
Recalling seeing the plaque, Andrich told Autumn employees, “I surely did not expect to cry at this event!! But when the owner, Dean Dally, told me to walk out back by their outdoor break area, I was absolutely reduced to tears. Just as I had finished taking the pictures, a mature Bald Eagle soared just above the tree. I am so moved by the first class, heartfelt gesture of the North American / Blaine Brothers family. And I believe the eagle was my dad trying to get in line for the free BBQ lunch that was served.”
Autumn Transport is not only grateful for for the relationship and service our drivers receive from NAT, but also for Dean Dally and his team going above and beyond to memorialize Lowell in this way.