Iowa furniture maker taking 800 staff on a cruise in the Caribbean

WATERLOO, Iowa – A Waterloo cabinet manufacturer is taking the more than 800 employees on a company paid cruise in the Caribbean to celebrate the achievement of important goals as it recovers from the recession.

Bertch Cabinet manufacturing co-founder Gary Bertch told his employees last week that the company had met its goals for the year and they would go on a week-long cruise. Employees leave on Jan. 8, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ( ) have been reported.

The company, founded in 1977, once the employee more than 1,000 people. The employment dropped to about 600 persons in 2011, but the company has about 240 employees, Bertch said.

“We are finally in the black, last year when we by the recession,” Bertch said.

He challenged the employees to a year ago, certain goals and the cruise as an incentive. Cruises were compensation of employees since 1989, but that had not happened since 2005 as a result of the recession. Bertch noted the recovery is “very slow” in the industry.

“We we expect even better sales this year,” Bertch said. “We simply try to make all our people pumped up a little more to achieve the different objectives, both for the customer-oriented goals and financial goals.”


Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier,

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