800 employees Caribbean-bound on boss' dime

800 employees Caribbean-bound on boss' dime

FOX19 - More than 800 employees of Bertch Cabinets in Waterloo will get a free trip to the Caribbean next month, the company announced on its Facebook page.

"We leave January 8," company president Gary Bertch told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. "We've got four charter aircraft that will be flying directly to Miami Sunday and staying at a nice five-star hotel. Then on Monday, we'll bus over from the hotel to the port and load up on the ship."

Bertch told his employees the trip was a reward for them after they helped the company meet its goals for the year.

He offered the cruise as an incentive a year ago.

"We just tried to get all of our people pumped up a little more to achieve the various goals, both customer-oriented goals and financial goals," he told the paper.

It's something Bertch has rewarded its employees with periodically over the years but not since 2005. "We finally got into the black again last year after we made it through the recession" that began in 2008.

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