SHEFFIELD, Iowa – Sukup Manufacturing Co. founder Eugene Sukup developed a company culture of treating employees like family. This concept is inGRAINed at the company, with examples like giving every employee a free turkey for Thanksgiving, zero dollar single healthcare premiums, providing snacks at break time
every day, and the soon to open on-site healthcare clinic. Another major perk the company provides its employees – after 10 years of employment, employees and their spouse earn a trip to Hawaii.
The Hawaii incentive trip takes place every six years, and this year it was from January 5 to 12, 2018. One hundred and 62 employees and spouses qualified for the trip with employment of 10 years or more. The company provides airfare, transportation, lodging, and at least one meal per day. Attendees stayed at both Waikiki Beach and Maui, toured the Pearl Harbor memorial, and participated in excursions to enjoy Hawaii’s many natural resources. They also interacted with Sukup dealers and attended sales meetings.
“The Hawaii trip is a tradition we love as a family and a company,” said Sukup Manufacturing CEO Charles Sukup. “This year was our 12th Hawaii trip, and each one is a fun and relaxing time to celebrate our long-term employees’ hard work and dedication. It’s a great way to mix business and pleasure.”
“One highlight of the trip this year was family members and employees jumping off of Black Rock cliff together,” company CFO Steve Sukup shared. “This trip is a major benefit to long-term employees, but we also make ourselves accessible to all employees year-round, regardless of how long they’ve worked for us.”
Nadine Wreghitt, who works as Project and Warehouse Manager at Sukup and participated in the trip for the first time, added, “This trip is something that employees really look forward to qualifying for at 10 years of employment. I don’t know of many other companies that offer an incentive like going to Hawaii! In fact, human resources managers at other companies have contacted us to ask about how to start a similar trip to show appreciation of their employees.”
In addition to the 162 employees and spouses who participated, high performing Sukup dealers also qualify to attend. This year, 75 dealers participated with their spouses and families, for a total of 366 dealer attendees. During the trip, the company held an awards ceremony to honor dealers whose sales met and exceeded high sales goals. Sukup also presented the first ever Legacy Award, which honored Sukup distributor Tim Gilk for making exceptional contributions to his community.
Note – some participants in this trip were in Hawaii on January 13, 2018, when an emergency alert notification claimed a “ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii.” Fortunately, the alert was a false alarm.
To learn more about the trip and see pictures and video, visit the company’s social media pages (www.facebook.com/SukupMfg and Twitter @SukupMfg) and look for #AlohaSukup18!
Sukup Manufacturing Co. is the world’s largest family-owned and operated grain storage, drying and handling equipment manufacturer. The company is headquartered in Sheffield, Iowa, and covers 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office, manufacturing and warehouse space. The company employs over 600 people, making it one of the largest employers in North Central Iowa. Three generations of the family are now active in the business.
Sukup’s product line includes on-farm and commercial grain bins, portable and tower dryers, centrifugal and axial fans and heaters, stirring machines, bin unloading equipment and bin floors and supports. Sukup also manufactures a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors, as well as a line of steel buildings.
Sukup has six distribution centers located throughout the Midwest. Sukup products are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in over 80 foreign countries.