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Worker with drive wins a car

January 22, 1997

By JULIE E. GREENE

Staff Writer

HANCOCK - David Close got an unexpected gift from his employer, Rayloc, on Wednesday.

He drove home in it.

The gray 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix LE was awarded to Close, whose name was drawn from among those of 233 company employees nationwide who had perfect attendance in 1996, said Wayne Younker, personnel manager.

"I just about fainted," said Close, 41, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va. On Friday, he will have been with the company for three years.

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"I'm still shaking from it, really," said Close, who disassembles alternators for Rayloc, the world's largest rebuilder of automotive parts.

Younker said he learned Tuesday that the winner was from Rayloc's Hancock plant. Of the 467 employees at the Hancock plant, 43 had perfect attendance last year, he said.

With the 43 possible winners gathered around the car, company President Terry White delivered the sealed envelope containing the winner's name.

"He was really surprised," Younker said of Close's reaction when his name was announced. Afterward, Close started up the car, which had been a company car used by the plant's sales staff.

Close said he will keep his 1989 Chevy pickup and park the Grand Prix in his garage until the weather improves.

"It's a nice family car," said Close, who has a family of four.

To be eligible to participate in the drawing, workers could miss no work, except for bereavement days, jury duty or a plant closing, Younker said. The Hancock plant closed one day in 1996, because of the January blizzard, he said.

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