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MASONCITY, IA – Just years ago, Heather O’ Keefe’s life changed dramatically, when she was laid off from a local business where she had worked for six years.
“I think I seen it coming. I mean I knew because they had had a couple layoffs before that. So I was kind of prepared,” said O’ Keefe.
After losing her job, she became a stay at home mom and started taking classes again.
But then hope came along.
Heather is now a team leader here at W S Live.
“Just that I can be myself. I mean it’s a lot of fun. I feel like we’re a team. They give a lot of incentives to make you feel like you’re doing a good job at all times,” said O’ Keefe.
And those in charge of the company say that’s exactly what they are aiming for.
“We’re doing really well. We have been very impressed with the talent that we found in Mason City. These first couple groups have really hit the ground running. They’ve exceeded our expectations,” said Carla Donar.
Carla Donar, Director of Human Resources for W S Live, says the company originally based in Dubuque, did a lot of research before coming to the area.
“Unemployment rates, what types of industries were already in the area. What types of skill sets we thought those workers would have, and really to see if that was a good fit for our businesses,” said Donar.
Heather O’ Keefe seems to be fitting in, and while she’s happy about that she’s most happy about the main thing a job provides:
The company hopes that by the end of summer they can hire an additional 50 employees.