Women in Manufacturing: GKN

26 Oct 2020

Blog, Manufacturing, Spotlight, Iowa, Investors, Workforce Development

Both Jody Hobmeier and her husband work at GKN in Estherville. Hobmeier, an Estherville native, enjoys building parts and finished products to contribute to the agricultural and earthmover industries. One of the biggest things she has learned in her time at GKN is that you gain valuable skills.

“It’s rewarding as you learn skills that you can use inside and outside of work. I have learned several problem-solving techniques.”

“You can come in with no experience and learn the trade through training,” she says. “Keep an open mind that there is room to grow and learn. It’s always great to see what our finished products can do for others.”


Amanda Hersleff works in assembly and operation at GKN. She has worked in manufacturing since college. She says the best part of her job is the people she works with. Learning is a big part of her work, too.

“You gain a lot of knowledge when working in manufacturing,” Hersleff says. “You can grow and advance.”


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