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Hauff Recognized As America's Oldest Worker

SEPTEMBER 27, 2005 -- Experience Works, the nation's largest provider of training and employment services for older workers, announced that Dwight Hauff, 100, owner of Hauff Sporting Goods, Sioux City, IA, is America's Oldest Worker for '05.

For 73 years, Hauff has supplied schools, sporting leagues and corporate accounts with quality sports equipment and apparel, yet despite the growth of his business he has continued to provide a high level of customer service with a personal touch. Today, the 100-year-old businessman owns a chain of sporting goods stores that includes Hauff Mid-America Sports, Dakota Sports and Iowa Sports Supply Co.

Hauff joins a group of seven other centenarians previously selected as America's Oldest Worker. Says Hauff, "I plan to go on living, and definitely keep working."

Born January 23, '05, he graduated from Morningside College in '26. He taught math and economics for three years and had planned to go into business with his father who owned a hardware store. But in '29, the stock market crashed and instead he went to work for AG Spalding. When Spalding decided to close the Sioux City store, Hauff opened his first sporting goods store, and when Spaulding closed its store in Omaha, he expanded into Omaha. In '40, Hauff incorporated Hauff Sports with his partner Carl Haase, and they continued to expand into Nebraska and South Dakota.

Hauff believes in hard work. "I worked many more hours when I was younger. Often worked all week plus four nights during the war periods, when it was difficult to get help," he said. "Football games, sporting events, they are all part of the business."

The Experience Works Prime Time Awards Program is the only national program that, each year, honors the contribution of working seniors. Now in its eighth year, the Prime Time Awards Program seeks to remove barriers to employment and lessen negative stereotypes about older workers.

Hauff, along with 52 outstanding older workers from every state, the DC and Puerto Rico, are being honored September 26-29 in Washington, DC, as part of the Experience Works Prime Time Awards Program.


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