IWCO is based in Chanhassen.

IWCO Direct, a leading provider of direct marketing solutions located in Chanhassen, announced three recent honors were awarded to its team members, underscoring their accomplishments in creative design and commitment to safety.

IWCO Direct senior designer Laura Karels was recognized with the first annual Creative Professional of the Year Award at the Printing Industry Midwest’s 2019 Star Awards, held April 25 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, according to a press release.

Nominees were evaluated on their use of creative talents to create or enhance print communications materials and ability to interpret customer instructions to effectively meet their needs. Judging criteria also included their efforts to engage staff to ensure an efficient production process, as well as testimonials from leadership, clients, or colleagues.

Karels’ creative talents, thirst for learning, and ability to create more personalized direct mail by optimizing data and technology played a significant role in her selection for this award, the release stated.

“Along with her creative talents, everyone recognizes and appreciates the great attitude Laura brings to work every day,” said Jim Andersen, CEO of IWCO Direct.

IWCO Direct was once again honored by the Minnesota Safety Council with a Meritorious Achievement Award at the 85th Annual Governor’s Safety Awards Luncheon on May 8. IWCO Direct was judged on several years of injury data as it compares with national statistics for its industry and progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program.

IWCO Direct was also presented with a 2018 Industry Safety Leader Award on April 12 from the EMA during the EMA 2019 Spring Meeting in Tucson, Arizona. The Industry Safety Leader award recognizes companies with a Lost Time Case Incident Rate (a combination of injuries and illnesses) of 1.5 or below.

“The recognition for creativity and safety show once again how our team members are committed to helping our clients succeed by working creatively and collaboratively in a safe environment,” said Andersen.

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.


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