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White Castle Pays Tribute to Retired Team Member's Record Years of Service by Celebrating June 8 as 'Elaine Miseta' Day  

Tuesday, June 8 2010

White Castle Pays Tribute to Retired Team Member's Record Years of Service by Celebrating June 8 as 'Elaine Miseta' Day


COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Tuesday, June 8, the world’s first fast-food hamburger chain will celebrate the 67-year service record of its longest-serving team member at the first “Elaine Miseta Day.”

The event honors former White Castle administrative assistant Elaine Miseta, who first joined the family-owned company on June 8, 1942, as well as other corporate team members who have reached 15 years of service. This select group of dedicated team members will receive pins reading “Only 52 Years to Go” at a special reception at White Castle’s corporate headquarters, 555 W. Goodale St. in Columbus.

In December 2009, Miseta retired from serving as administrative assistant to White Castle President E.W. “Bill” Ingram III. That same month, White Castle’s board of directors voted to make June 8 “Elaine Mistea Day.”

“Team members like Elaine are the heart and soul of White Castle,” said President Bill Ingram. “We believe that everyone who works within the Castle walls is part of the family. The commitment and enthusiasm of these dedicated team members has been the driving force behind our 89 years of success.”

Miseta’s employment history stands out even in a company that prides itself on the dedication of its team members and celebrates their longevity. She was employed at White Castle longer than most other fast food franchises – including McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King – have existed.

In addition to their 15-year-pins, team members will be encouraged to aspire to the company’s 25 Year Club, which White Castle founder E. W. “Billy” Ingram initiated in 1946 when he celebrated his 25th year with the company. Over the past 63 years, 1,433 White Castle team members have earned this distinctive honor (626 on the active payroll, 471 retired or resigned and 336 deceased). The next class of 25 Year Club members will be inducted during ceremonies at the company’s annual meeting.

About White Castle

White Castle is based in Columbus, Ohio, and operates White Castle owns and operates 421 restaurants in 11 states.. The company was founded in Wichita, Kansas in 1921, and was the first fast-food hamburger chain. For more information on White Castle, visit www.whitecastle.com