Happy Retirement to Kevin King
“Everyone who worked with Kevin appreciated how he could get them to laugh even if they were in a bad mood,” said Cheers gene transfer center manager Andrew Riniker, who helped his employee, Kevin King, celebrate his recent retirement.
“Kevin is a happy guy, always friendly to everyone and outworked us all,” said Andy. “We’re going to miss having him around every day. He has such a positive attitude and outlook.”
Because of its high health status, the gene transfer center teams are well-known for being a tight-knit group that is as close to a work family as possible. Kevin says he appreciated that about the team at Cheers and how he could stay in touch with co-workers from the previous farms he worked at over his 17 years with the company.
Starting, he joined the original Parker Sow Farm team and worked in breeding and farrowing; after eight years, he moved to Jernquist sow farm in similar roles.
He left Iowa Select Farms briefly, but in 2008 he moved over to work in the gene transfer centers. First to Maxburg, then over to Hefner. He found his final home on the team at Cheers, located just south of Afton.
“I always liked the job in the barns, the hours were great for me, and it gave me a chance to make a good life here in this area I call home,” said Kevin, who lives in Thayer.
He says some of his fondest memories came from family events, like taking his grandkids to the Iowa State Fair. “I appreciate the opportunities they give us. I think this year’s fair was the best one yet, and I’m glad I got to do that one last time.”
Now that he’s retired, Kevin says he’s looking forward to hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Thank you, Kevin, for everything you’ve done for Iowa Select Farms.
Enjoy your retirement!