Metalcraft Recognition

At Metalcraft we believe in recognizing our members for their work both on the job and in the communities they live in as part of our values-based culture. The Patton Award and PRIDE Award are just two of the ways we acknowledge and thank our members for a job well done.

Patton Award

Named in honor of Metalcraft's founder, Allen Patton, the Patton Award recognizes Metalcraft members who exceptionally demonstrate the company's core values throughout the year.

2020 Recipient - Cassidy Albertson

Cassidy had one innovation idea, submitted two PRIDE nominations, and had 10 service hours. Cassidy’s service hours included:

  1. Cleaning up the softball and baseball diamonds
  2. Coaching T-ball 
  3. Umpiring for men’s softball league

Cassidy enjoys working to improve the lives of Metalcraft members! His most rewarding days are days that he comes up with a solution or solutions that help members work better, faster, smarter and easier! He has always enjoyed solving problems with technology, and Metalcraft gives him the opportunity to do what he enjoys for people that care deeply about the environment they work in. Cassidy is very excited to expand these efforts co-leading the Innovation Implementation Team.

Cassidy is a member of the IT Team, which is an internal support team. It makes him unique to know his strengths and skills are being utilized to make the company and our members the best at what they do. On any given day Cassidy has the privilege and gets to work on issues, and extend help, for members from the production floor to art setup to sales and finance. It is unique that he can help such a wide range of skills, preferences, and personalities in the short time that he has been here.


Cassidy Albertson

2019 Recipient - Colynn Black

Colynn's citizenship and volunteering has been tremendous in just the 2½ years he has been in North Iowa:

  • Shortly after moving to Clear Lake, Colynn began teaching religious education classes, weekly, to 9th graders at St. Pat’s. It has been rewarding to Colynn to see the impact this has on them and in particular their faith. Ironically, his father has been teaching religious education for over 20 years.
  • He is very active as a 3rd-degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. Through this organization he has been involved with Habitat for Humanity house building, a home in Garner for a family in need; free throw competition; organizing breakfast meals
  • In addition to his countless service hours, he is great at recognizing others, submitting two PRIDE award nominations and also extending his thought process by submitting an Innovation idea
  • He also attended University Metalcraft
  • He is the consummate optimist and professional, always with a smile on his face and exuding optimism and confidence
  • He has developed a hugely deep passion for his work and Metalcraft, a major reason he has made his home in North Iowa
Colynn Black Patton Award


Metalcraft's PRIDE Award honors an employee each quarter who has been Personally Responsible In Delivering Excellence. Members are nominated by fellow member-owners and selected by the Metalcraft Recognition Team. 

2021 Q1 Recipient - Dustin PixleyDustin Pixley

Dustin has been a great member since the day he started and is willing to drop what he is doing and help in any situation.

Whether it is getting that roll you need, shipping, or Epicor questions, he does all this with a smile and a great attitude!

Recently, he did an amazing job taking over shipping while Linda was out. Furthermore, he adjusts his schedule, coming in early or staying late to ensure shipping and material handling duties are completed.

He is also enrolled in University of Metalcraft, volunteers on the Safety Committee, and serves on the Innovation Implementation Team. His efforts exemplify a devotion to and PRIDE for Team Metalcraft.

He even sports a glorious red beard to demonstrate his Metalcraft pride!