Al Loux Celebrates 25 Years with Iowa Select Farms
Congratulations to Al Loux for celebrating 20 years with Iowa Select Farms!
Since joining the company as a farrowing technician in 1999, Al’s career has changed significantly, perhaps more significantly than any other employee at Iowa Select Farms.
“After being a farrowing tech, I bounced around a couple different farms as a department head and then sow farm manager,” recalled Al. “After that I became a finishing supervisor, biosecurity truck wash monitor and now I supervise the transportation fleet maintenance and truck washes.”
In his current role, Al is responsible for a fleet of 238 pieces, their maintenance and day-to-day activities at all Iowa Select Farms’ truck washes. On an average day, Al’s team services eight semi-trailers, three goosenecks and five pickup trucks—and that’s just for the northern Iowa trucks. The inner sanctum truck wash in Iowa Falls washes around 50 trailers per day.
“What I love most about my job is that it keeps me busy,” he laughed. “Every day is a new challenge. Something is always breaking, which I guess is great job security. No two days are the same but it keeps me on my toes.”
If you’re reading this thinking Al has been one busy dude over the years, you’re absolutely right.
“The key to being successful really comes down to how you approach your days,” said Al. “If you face the challenges of the day head on and end the day knowing you did your absolute best, you’ll be successful. But then you have to be ready to do it all again the next day. It never stops.”
As someone who’s worked in nearly every area of our business, it’s safe to say that Al has witnessed change over the years.
“Whether you’re talking technology, production, support, or growth, we’ve only gotten bigger and better,” said Al. “But the biggest evolution in my opinion has been the leadership. We’ve got a great group of individuals leading this company who all share the same vision of being the best.”
When asked about some of his fondest memories, Al didn’t necessarily pinpoint a specific time in his career, rather the people he had an opportunity to work with along the way.
“Not only has the company done a great job of raising pigs over the years, but they’ve also done a heck of a job taking care of employees like me," said Al. "I have been able to work with and around a lot of good people and for that, I will forever be grateful.”