Congratulations to Cindy Ziegler for celebrating 20 years with Iowa Select Farms!

posted on Sunday, October 13, 2019

Congratulations to Cindy Ziegler for celebrating 20 years with Iowa Select Farms!

“I initially started with the company as a transportation logistics manager,” Cindy explained. “My job was to schedule all wean and market loads using the available semis and trailers in the area. I also helped fill supply orders for sow, finishing and nursery farms in the area.”

From ordering and fulfillment to distribution and inventory, Cindy handles all supplies at the Osage warehouse. She takes pride in keeping the warehouse, office and conference rooms clean and safe.

When she first started at the warehouse, she remembers her supervisor making her move pallets, one at a time, from one end of the warehouse and back.

“After moving the same pallets back and forth more than three times I finally went in and asked him if he had made up his mind or was just completely nuts,” she laughed. “There was also the time I walked into the warehouse only to realize a mama skunk and her three babies had followed me in. There’s a been a lot of funny memories.”

Since joining the Iowa Select Farms team in 1999, Cindy has seen a lot of changes. In fact, she was at the helm of one of the biggest changes our company experienced in 2016 when she helped orchestrate our move from a warehouse in St. Ansgar to a new facility in Osage.

“That is definitely one of the highlights of my career,” she beamed. “From the other warehouse teams to special projects and maintenance guys, everyone helped out. It was all hands-on deck. It took me about six weeks to get everything settled and organized, but everyone was patient with the process and it’s been so worth it.”

And speaking of lending a helping hand, Cindy has enjoyed seeing Iowa Select Farm’s support of local communities increase through efforts of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation.

“The company is very invested in its employees and our communities,” said Cindy. “We give back so much and it makes me proud to work for a company that is so committed to helping others.”

When she’s not at work, Cindy enjoys spending time with her husband of 43 years (you read that right!), Gary, their two children and seven “pieces of gold” Cindy calls her grandkids. She also enjoys spending time outside at their farm tending to the pond and flower beds, volunteering for Lyle Area Cancer and helping with other benefits for people in need.

After 19 years, Cindy has learned a lot, but at the end of the day her main advice is to simply relax.

“Good goals should be challenging and force you to grow,” she said. “We will continue to grow and we will do it together. Since the beginning that’s the one thing that’s never changed. We’ve always got each other’s backs.”