Rockford man—Red Wing ‘Master Tradesman’

RED WING, Minn.—Some of the nation’s most legendary and most often-forgotten figures who have helped create the American landscape are finally getting their chance to step out of the shadow of their work and into the limelight.

In celebration of 100 years of outfitting the American workforce, Red Wing Shoe Company is honoring the nation’s top 100 skilled laborers who have demonstrated a commitment to quality craftsmanship. As a result of the search for America’s Master Tradesmen, Rockford’s Todd Kindred has been named as one of America’s top 100 Master Tradesman.

The heartfelt nominations from across the nation shared a consistent message: America’s tradespeople deserve recognition for their valuable contributions to helping build this country from the ground up.

“Over the past century, we have seen the American landscape go through significant changes, but even in this information age, our nation continues to depend on skilled manual labor and expertise,” said Dave Murphy, president and COO, Red Wing Shoe Company. “Red Wing’s search for America’s Master Tradesmen is our way of recognizing and thanking those who have dedicated their lives to quality craftsmanship, and demonstrating our commitment to the future of the skilled trade industry.”

Based on their commitment to American workmanship, each winner received a $500 scholarship in his or her name to an accredited vocational or technical school of his or her choice to help foster the next generation of skilled workers.

Overall, Red Wing Shoe Company is donating $50,000 for the Master Tradesmen’s scholarship program. Moreover, each winner received a pair of limited edition Red Wing 100th Anniversary boots and a certificate of recognition.

Based in Red Wing, Minn., Red Wing Shoe Company offers a unique blend of quality, tradition, Americana and style. Product lines range from traditional work boots that have been the staple of skilled workers for the past century, to outdoor footwear. Brands include Red Wing shoes, WORX, Vasque, Irish Setter, and Carhartt Footwear. For more information about Red Wing brand premium work shoes and boots, visit

From the March 1-7, 2006, issue

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