Winnebago Receives Iowa Job Honor Award

Winnebago Industries of Forest City, Iowa, was the recipient of the Iowa Job Honor Awards, a new initiative aimed at recognizing Iowans who have overcome significant barriers to employment.

(From left) Matt Mason, personnel recruiter; Gary McCarthy, personnel supervisor; and Susan Gardner, personnel recruiter.

“Our society celebrates lottery winners, celebrities and professional athletes,” said Kyle Horn, founder and director of the awards. “Yet if these are the only paths to self-sufficiency, then most Iowans will never escape poverty. It’s time for a new kind of hero.”

Nominations were submitted via the organization’s website,, and judged by a statewide panel. Gary McCarthy, Winnebago Industries’ Personnel Supervisor, was on hand for the award presentation during the Iowa Association of Business and Industry annual conference on Wednesday, June 11. Several hundred Iowa business leaders assembled in Cedar Rapids’ Paramount Theatre to witness the ceremony, in which biographical videos described the honoree’s efforts to win life-changing jobs.

In the employer category, T&D Repair in Burlington and Winnebago Industries of Forest City were honored for their commitment to hire disadvantaged candidates.

“Our employees are very loyal, hardworking, and dependable,” McCarthy said. “Because of their struggles, they really value their job.”

Each employee honoree received a $500 cash award and engraved trophy.

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