During the Southwestern College Business Hall of Fame, Robert Tyler will receive the Builder Business award and will join the ranks of other distinguished business leaders in Southwestern College history.
Tyler is president and founder of Winfield Consumer Products, which is located at Strother Field and manufactures aftermarket accessories for cars, trucks, and sports utility vehicles. The company’s products sell under the trade names Husky and Husky Liners. The main product line consists of cargo area protectors for sports utility vehicles, floor linters that protect the carpeted floor area on the interior of the vehicle and custom molded mud flaps for pick-ups and sport utility vehicles. The company employs approximately 90 people in Cowley County.
Tyler moved to Winfield in 1978 to work for Gott Corporation, which was purchased in 1986 by Rubbermaid Corporation. During this period he served as a project engineer, engineering manager and then as the product engineering manager. At the end of August 1988 he left to start Winfield Consumer Products. The company has grown to be one the most successful and admired businesses in the aftermarket industry.
He will receive the Business Builder Award in order to recognize him along with other business leaders who have created jobs, supported community institutions, and through their hard work and civic contributions have made a lasting impression on the local quality of life.
Tyler is also the past recipient of Cornerbank’s First Citizen Award and served on the Citizen’s Bond Project Oversight Committee for the Cowley County Jail Project. He is currently serving on the county’s Citizen Efficiency Task Force.
Winfield High School Afterglow, Kansas Big Brothers and Big Sister, Young Peoples Concert, Salvation Army, Eagles Nest, First United Methodist Church, Helping Hands, Winfield Food Pantry, Legacy Main Street, William Newton Memorial Hospital Foundation are some of the local activities and charities, in which Tyler supports through the company, as an individual, as well as through the Robert and Gwendolyn Tyler Family Foundation.
Tyler lives in Winfield with his wife, Gwen, and worships at the First United Methodist Church. They have two children, Danielle Morris of Chandler, Ariz., and Christopher Tyler of Winfield.