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February 17, 1986: Long service celebrated

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June 22, 2017

Very few people can say they have been with the same company 25 years - fewer can say they have worked all that time with their brother.

But Frank and Steve Ivak can lay claim to this achievement.

Both have been employed by Campbell's Soups for 25 years and recently celebrated with a commemorative dinner.

Personnel Manage for Campbell's Mr Geoff Wright, said the brothers had worked at Bendigo and Shepparton Campbell's plants since 1961.

"Frank and Steve came to Australia from Yugoslavia in the late 1950s and settled in Melbourne, before coming to Bendigo to work at the Kio-Ora plant, purchased by Campbell's in 1959," Mr Wright said.

"When the Shepparton plant was near completion, bother were brought to Shepparton to work on the first tomato season. They were kept on as full-time employees at the end of that time."

The brothers have steadily worked their way up the managerial ladder at Campbell's starting as factory hand then progressing through leading hands, foreman and now supervisors.

"Steve spends most of his time supervising the cooking operation on our factory floor while Frank was until recently, supervisor of Campbell's export meat area," Mr Wright said.

"Now he is on afternoon shift supervising the clean-up crew."

Celebrations of the occasion consisted of separate dinners at the plan for the men, attended by fellow workers and senior management.

Each was presented with a gold watch, leather presentation folder and diamond studded service pin.

Mr Wright said Campbell's had had quite a few people with 25 years’ service to the company, but it was unique to have two brothers who both started work on the same day.

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