In 2018, we will build the 150,000th Walker Mower. Well over a year ago, we began to plan for the Walker Family Reunion III to celebrate this milestone on July 13 through 15, 2018. For all of you that attended Family Reunion I and II, I am thinking you have good memories of celebrating the 50,000th and 100,000th Walker. For those who have not attended, we think you would have a great time if you are able to come to Colorado this July.
The family-style culture of our company brings Walker people from all across the USA and around the world to come to the factory for these celebrations —- Walker enthusiasts enjoy meeting other Walker enthusiasts. And in response, our factory team works hard to make this an enjoyable, welcoming event for all who come. Please go to our website, walker.com, to learn more about the event and to register to attend.
Putting this event together and carrying it out takes considerable time, effort and expense. The naysayer would say it costs too much and say “bah humbug” to the celebration. In our estimation, the celebration is worthwhile because it is all about loving people and enjoying what we have been able to accomplish as a family of people. The Walker Mower family includes our suppliers, our 195 factory employees and their families, our 47 distributors and 1,200 dealers, and thousands of customers. This celebration fits our belief at Walker: “Love people; use money.”
So what do we hope to accomplish with the 150,000th celebration? First of all, we have had an awesome opportunity to manufacture this many lawn mowers over the last 39 years and we want to say thank you to all of the people who have made it possible. We also want to bring people together -— all kinds of people —- and enjoy what we have in common (the little yellow machine that brings us together) as well as our diversity. We want to recognize the team effort, reaching a goal and a milestone. All of this celebrating is energizing, for our journey will continue on from here and looking back helps us look ahead.
In keeping with our belief in the value of celebrations, we would encourage each of you and your families to keep on having celebrations. We think there is a God-given good purpose in people getting together and celebrating all kinds of occasions. Just being thankful for the good things and accomplishments of the past, and looking ahead to the future is a good reason to celebrate.
We plan to see you at the factory this July. I personally want to shake your hand and welcome you to the celebration.