(Roseburg, OR) Umpqua Dairy Products, Co. employee Karol Orth is being honored by the company and fellow employees today for her 50 years of dedicated service. She is the first employee of Umpqua Dairy to earn this distinction. The recognition event will be at the Umpqua Dairy manufacturing facility on Sykes St. in Roseburg, in conjunction with an Employee Recognition BBQ.

“This is a wonderful occasion to recognize and honor Karol for her dedication and service to Umpqua Dairy,” said Doug Feldkamp, President of Umpqua Dairy Products, Co. “Having an employee serve the company for 50 years is truly a milestone. While many things have changed over the last 50 years, Karol’s commitment to our company has been unwavering. Congratulations on your accomplishment and for serving as a tremendous example of hard work and exemplary service.”

Orth graduated in 1964 from Roseburg High School and on June 30, began her career at Umpqua Dairy as an Office Clerk, performing such duties as counter sales, deposits, phone calls and order processing for retail accounts. She was promoted in 1966 to Administrative Secretary for Bob Feldkamp, and in 1982 she assumed the role of Senior Systems Operator when the first IBM computer arrived in the office, a role she still maintains today.

Her most memorable event was the fire in 1974 that nearly devastated the entire company. “What a mess”, commented Karol. She was part of the cleanup crew that helped put it all back together. She said almost everything has changed in the last 50 years including, buildings, equipment, products and people. She has earned several awards and honors over the years including Honored Employee and her own dedicated parking spot.

Karol has 3 children, 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She enjoys cooking, quilting and wine tasting in her free time.

Still family owned and located in the heart of Oregon’s Umpqua Valley, Umpqua Dairy Products, Co. operates as the largest independent dairy in southern Oregon. The award winning fine line of dairy, ice cream and juice products are distributed throughout Oregon via distribution centers in Roseburg, Grants Pass, Coos Bay, Central Point, Portland, Klamath Falls, Salem and Eugene. A tradition of unsurpassed quality, freshness and customer service makes Umpqua Dairy a #1 choice for delicious, refreshing dairy products in the Northwest.