The search for America's most skilled workers

A shoe company has launched a search for America's Master Tradesmen. In celebration of its 100th anniversary, Minnesotabased Red Wing Shoe Co. will recognize 100 American workers demonstrating high levels of expertise and craftsmanship, a willingness to t

A shoe company has launched a search for America's Master Tradesmen. In celebration of its 100th anniversary, Minnesotabased Red Wing Shoe Co. will recognize 100 American workers demonstrating high levels of expertise and craftsmanship, a willingness to train new generations of tradesmen, and a commitment to their community.

Each of the 100 Master Tradesmen will receive:

  • A $500 scholarship given in his or her name to an accredited vocational or technical school of choice.
  • A pair of limited-edition Red Wing 100th anniversary boots.
  • Local recognition.
  • A certificate of recognition.

Nominees will be judged by a team of experts, including homeimprovement expert Lou Manfredini, also known as "Mr. Fix-It."

"We're launching the program to honor our country's workforce and to show our commitment to the future of the skilled-trade industry," says Dave Murphy, company president and COO.

From February 21 through June 30, 2005, friends, family, and coworkers can nominate tradesmen and tradeswomen who have impacted their communities from industries including: automobile, construction, civil engineering, electrical, energy and utilities, metalworking and machinery, plumbing, public works, railroad, masonry, welding, and woodworking. The 100 winners will be announced in fall 2005.

To obtain an entry form and official rules, go to any participating Red Wing Shoe dealer, log onto redwingshoe.com, or mail a request to "Search for America's Master Tradesmen," 8000 Norman Center Drive, Suite 400, Bloomington, MN 55437.

All entries must be received by June 30, 2005.

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