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Published: Thu, December 29, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Boss Gifts 800 Employees With a Caribbean Cruise For the New Year

Boss Gifts 800 Employees With a Caribbean Cruise For the New Year

Gary Bertch, co-founder of Bertch Cabinets, a company that's been creating and installing cabinets for almost 40 years in Iowa, surprised his employees with a new year's trip sailing the sunny Caribbean.

The president of Bertch Cabinets, based in Waterloo, said four planes will be chartered to take the staff to Miami on Sunday, January 8, where they will stay at a five-star hotel before departing the following day.

The co-founder of Bertch Cabinets in Iowa is taking hundreds of staff on the tropical holiday to celebrate achieving the company's key goals in 2016.

Bertch Cabinets announced on its page that CEO Gary Bertch would gift them with an opulent five-day cruise this January.

From there, the week-long vacation on a Carnival ship will make stops in Cozumel, Mexico and Key West, Florida.

'They're a fun ship.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier said in the report that Bertch began offering mass-winter-vacation incentives to workers beginning in 1989. And if anyone knows our crowd, they like to have fun, ' Bertch said in an interview.

"The first time we had them we ran them out of beer". Employment numbers dropped to about 600 people in 2011, but the company has since added about 240 workers.

'We finally got into the black again previous year after we made it through the recession, ' Bertch said. The cabinet company had offered the reward in the past, but the recession caused the company to downsize and cut costs, including the cruises.

Bertch noted the recovery has been "very slow" in his industry.

"We were anticipating we'd have better sales again this year", Bertch said.

He told The Courrier: "We just tried to get all of our people pumped up a little more to achieve the various goals".

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