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Local AMVC employees win prestigious awards

AMVC Management Services, the tenth largest pork producer in the United States, recently recognized employees and farms while celebrating the company’s people, passion and purpose during the first annual AMVC Awards Night held in Des Moines. AMVC managers and staff enjoyed a dinner and an evening of celebration.

The night was dedicated to recognizing individuals who have had an impact on AMVC. During the awards ceremony, five different awards were presented: Rookie of the Year, Swine Specialist of the Year, AMVC Rising Star, Manager of the Year and Legacy Award.All AMVC employees were eligible to nominate a fellow employee for one of the five awards. The nominations were judged by two individuals on the National Pork Board staff through a scoring system. This year, 65 nominations were submitted across the company. 

Prescott resident, Amanda Winslow, won the AMVC Manager of the Year Award. This award is for a farm manager who has achieved great success on his or her farm throughout the last year. She is the manager of Taurus Sow, a breed to wean sow farm just outside of Creston and has been in that role for the past six years. She was selected from amongst seven other farm managers that were nominated by their peers. Throughout the last year, Winslow has overcome a lot of challenges. After a barn fire in May 2018, she repopulated her farm and lead her team through the farm start-up process. Today, Taurus Sow is one of the top producing sow farms in the company. Winslow is very driven and was praised by her peers for her leadership and caring demeanor. One of her nominators commented, “Amanda works hard not for recognition, but because she truly cares about what she is doing.”

Daniel Weber of Lenox received the AMVC Legacy Award, an award given to someone who has worked for AMVC for at least ten years and has made a significant impact on the company throughout the years. He selected from amongst six other AMVC employees. Weber has worked in a variety of roles with AMVC throughout his 13 years with the company. Today, as an AMVC production manager, he oversees six sow farms in western Iowa and helps direct AMVC’s Leadership Development Program. A nominator shared, “Dan is one of the best leaders I can think of. He has the gift of getting people truly engaged and making sure his employees have every opportunity to succeed.”

Along with their distinctions, Winslow and Weber each received a personalized plaque, jacket and $1,000.

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