Michigan company gives employees $ 4 million in Christmas bonuses


It’s the season of giving. And when the employees of a Michigan moss grower walked into their Christmas party, they had no idea what was going to happen next.

“I think since I came back from Florida and they realized that, well, something was going on and I was like, you know, I bet they think I’m going to sell the business,” FloraCraft owner Lee Schoenherr told FOX. Business’ Stuart Varney Wednesday.

Then Schoenherr launched the ultimate Christmas present – each of his employees would share around $ 4 million in bonuses, depending on longevity.

“We have around 200 employees,” he said. “And it depends on how long they’re with us, what they’re going to get. But the average would probably be $ 15,000 to $ 20,000. And those who have been with me longer [are] is going to get over $ 60,000.

Naturally, the news elicited quite a reaction.

“There were smiles, there were cheers, there were tears,” according to Schoenherr. “It actually brought tears to my eyes as well because it’s also the best Christmas I’ve ever had.”

Schoenherr said he realized after making local charitable contributions that he owed the success of his business to his loyal and dedicated employees.

“I couldn’t ask for a better team than the one I have had,” he said. “So I thought I should do something just for them to really show that I appreciate them.”

FloraCraft is a family-owned business that has operated for more than 70 years as the world’s leading manufacturer of foam products for the cottage and flower industries, according to the website.


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