People Care Council-Chase

posted on Sunday, January 22, 2023

Chase Reidell, a western Iowa maintenance team member, said he raised his hand to serve on the People Care Council to help bring forward the views and perspectives of his field-based team.

For perspective, each maintenance and finishing team member technically has a true work location in the maintenance shop and central warehouse and conference center. However, most of their time is spent in their pick-up trucks and inside—or outside—the over 800 finishing farms across 55 counties.

He said despite not being under one roof, he said there is something special about the region’s people that makes it a great place to work.

“Here, the culture is friendly,” said Chase. “We all know each other, everyone is easy to get along with, and we all help each other. The maintenance techs and finishing supervisors go out of their way to be inviting, and helpful and are willing to lend a hand to get things done.”

He said his fellow team appreciates everything the company does—meat giveaways, Adventureland, Iowa State Fair Days—but they are always looking for good ideas to make day-to-day life easier for the field-based teams.

Take maintenance techs like Chase, who have their routines, assigned projects and preventative maintenance initiatives, but also have to quickly pivot to juggling more significant challenges at the farms brought on by weather, extreme temperatures and wear and tear.

Chase said that entering year two, he’d like to see the council get more involved with finding new avenues to recruit good people to the company and take a fresh look at onboarding.

“The council members have a wide variety of roles and responsibilities, and I think we’re in a good position to lend a hand to new employees by finding areas where we can improve.

Chase has been with Iowa Select Farms for 12 years. He’s married to Lynn, a veterinarian and Director of Finishing Health. His brother, Chris, also works for Iowa Select Farms as an alarm technician.

Thanks, Chase, for being a member of the People Care Council!