Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Local News

March 20, 2013

TC alum Hoy creating the next 'muscle car' for Ford

The dream of driving a car with 662 horsepower, capable of reaching speeds of over 200 miles per hour is a reality, thanks in part to Attica native Bryan Hoy.

Hoy is a 1987 Twin Cedars High School alumnus. While back in town for a class reunion, Hoy, a Product Development Engineer for the Ford Motor Company’s Powertrain Special Vehicle Team, entertained a group of nearly 30 Mustang enthusiasts in Pella, sharing stories of the great things the 2013 Shelby is capable of.

“I’ve always been a car guy,” Hoy said. He grew upon a farm, one in which equipment would occasionally require some engine work, which he would perform himself. As he grew up, Hoy began working on other vehicles, including a race car he once drove at the Knoxville Raceway.

Hoy attended Iowa State University, along with his high school sweetheart, Sherri (daughter of Roger Westra of Pella). The two were married in Ames and now have three children.

He first went to work for Ford in 2000 in the engine manufacturing department. In 2007, he moved into product development, before being laid off in 2008. His layoff, which he learned about shortly after the tornado hit his family’s farm in Attica, lasted for 18 months. In that time, he performed some freelance work. Overall, he and Sherri got by on savings and her pay as a Microsoft employee. The conservative upbringing he received in Marion County helped them out financially.

While he was unemployed, he heard about an opening on the Special Vehicle Team at Ford. He called a friend to see about applying for the job, only to find out his friend was the one who would be replaced.

“He said, ‘I know all about it, because that’s my job,’” Hoy recalls. He was brought in on a contract, then rehired to full-time status after six months.

Text Only
Local News
  • Work on Robinson Monday morning

    Knoxville Public Works Supervisor Dennis Webb says that traffic may be congested on West Robinson this morning, between Casey's and Kent Street, for some manhole repairs. Be prepared for backed up traffic and single lanes this morning while the project is going on.

    July 21, 2014

  • Addie.jpg Team Addie benefit Aug 2

    Addie Brenden, age 3, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. A benefit for her family is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m., at the North End Lounge in Pleasantville. 

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patrick Edouard Supreme Court overturns Court of Appeals decision

    The Supreme Court of Iowa issued a ruling today which affirms a District Court ruling that sent a former Pella pastor to prison. 

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nearwood Winery sign.jpg Nearwood Winery earns a bronze

    Nearwood Winery received a Bronze medal in the Eighth Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Knoxville Dental Center.jpg Knoxville Dental Center gets a new look

    A crew was in Knoxville Thursday, July 17, to install a new sign above the doors of the Knoxville Dental Center. 

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dan Losada.jpg Three charged with forgery

    Three suspects were arrested in Knoxville last night for allegedly passing counterfeit bills. 

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • JJ Dinner-Loebsack.jpg Loebsck rep to hold office hours

    Congressman Dave Loebsack's district representative will be at the Marion County Courthouse in Knoxville on Thursday, July 17, from 2-3 p.m. 

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • CM office 2.jpg New office making progress

    Progress continues on the new City Manager's office inside Knoxville City Hall. 

    July 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • bricks July 15.jpg Brick crew will be here "until the work is done"

    The bricks for the downtown streetscape and infrastructure project remained a concern during Tuesday morning's streetscape meeting. Following a walk-through, during which every aspect of the masonry done thus far was reviewed and critiqued, the City of Knoxville was promised that workers will continue working on the project until the work is done. 

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • jason brown.jpg Brown concert Friday night

    Jason Brown is scheduled to perform Friday night, July 18, at the Knoxville Performing Arts Center. The event is a fundraiser for the Knoxville High School Music Department. 

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo