At least one Quad-City company is already giving out bonuses due to the recent federal tax-cut savings.
Dohrn Transfer, with corporate headquarters for trucking and a company warehouse in Rock Island, has mailed out $1,000 bonuses to all of its approximately 1,200 employees in six Midwest states. About 350 of those work here.
“It was from the tax plan,” Heather Dohrn, vice president of a sales and marketing, said Wednesday, referring to the tax cut signed into law Dec. 22 by President Donald Trump.
“It generated tax savings for our company, and we wanted to share it with our employees,” she said. “Even our part-time employees (received the entire bonus).”
Employees began receiving the checks in the mail Monday.
“They were pretty excited," Dohrn said. “One thousand dollars goes a long way with hard-working people. It’s exciting to hear what they are doing with it, and that they feel appreciated.
“It’s important for us to make sure we are compensating them and passing on those savings to them, because they are the ones that make us successful,” she added. “Our secret sauce is our employees, so we want to make sure that we are compensating them.”
Dohrn also said the tax reform was done to stimulate the economy, “so let’s get it into the hands of the people that can use it and get it back in the economy and drive things in the right direction.”
The money in bonuses is in addition to the increases that the company will be doing for employees in 2018, she said.
“It’s not like this is a one-time thing,” Dohrn said. “We are going to continue to reinvest in our employees.”
Dohrn said additional money from the tax cut savings will be reinvested in equipment and infrastructure by the company to help it continue to grow in 2018. Dohrn said the company expects about a 10 percent growth this year.