C & S Products is a legend in manufacturing

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20 Oct 2019


Chad Thompson

Fort Dodge-based C & S Products was recently named one of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s Legends in Manufacturing.

And Karen Alstott, who co-founded the company along with her husband Kevin Alstott in 1986, said the company’s success is directly attributed to its people.

“We have a lot of good people out there,” Alstott said. “That’s why we are where we are. We have common goals and that keep us moving up the ladder.”

C & S Products Co. Inc., a producer of wild bird food, employs less than 100 people. The company distributes throughout the United States, Canada and over to France.

The Legends in Manufacturing awards are split into three categories — an individual from a company with fewer than 100 employees, an individual from a company with between 100-300 employees and an individual from a company with more than 300 employees.

Karen Alstott found out about six weeks ago that C & S had been nominated one of the awards.

She didn’t find out the company won until the night of the banquet on Oct. 1. The banquet was held at Prairie Meadows Event Center in Altoona.

“It was a surprise,” Karen Alstott said.

She said ABI looked at things like automation and income brought into the state.

“We are very automated, very computer-oriented on what we track,” Karen Alstott said. “We have better paying jobs because they have to be electricians and machinists and troubleshooters. We have well paying positions within our company.”

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