Ikea gives bicycles to its 12,400 U.S. employees

Sacramento BeeDecember 8, 2010 

The American arm of Scandinavian-style furniture giant Ikea surprised its 12,400 of U.S. workers this week with new bikes for the holidays.

Recipients included employees at Ikea's West Sacramento outlet at Interstate 80 and Reed Avenue. That store opened in March 2006 with a staff of about 400.

"It's been a good year for Ikea, so what better way to celebrate our success than to thank our Ikea co-workers who made this happen?," said Mike Ward, president of Ikea US. "This is our way of saying: 'Thanks IKEA co-workers for being strongly committed to working together.'

"We hope this bike will be taken in the spirit of the season while supporting a healthy lifestyle and everyday sustainable transport."

There are more than 300 Ikea stores in 37 countries, including 37 outlets in the United States.

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