updated: 2/25/2008 1:37:04 PM

[UPDATED] Best Places to Work in Indiana Named

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 Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar outlines some of the companies that made the list this year and what it takes to be recognized.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has released this year’s list of the Best Places to Work in Indiana. Sixty-six Hoosier companies have been recognized for their ability to create a workplace culture where employees feel valued. The actual rankings of the Indiana companies will be announced at a dinner on May 7.

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February 25, 2008 (INDIANAPOLIS) — Sixty-six Hoosier companies were designated today as a “Best Place to Work in Indiana” for their ability to create a strong workplace culture in which employees feel valued. The program, in its third year, is managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and presented in partnership with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Of the 66 honorees, 40 received the same distinction in 2007. A record number of companies – over 120 – from throughout the state took part in the evaluation and were eligible for the ranking process.

The program honors the top companies in the state, as determined through employer reports and comprehensive employee surveys. Winners were selected from two categories: small to medium-sized companies of between 25 and 249 employees, and large-sized companies consisting of 250 or more employees. Out-of-state parent companies were eligible to participate if at least 25 full-time employees are in Indiana.

The Best Companies Group has overseen similar programs in 18 other states. ModernThink, LLC, a workplace excellence consulting firm, handled the selection process. The basis for this initiative is Fortune magazine’s noted “100 Best Companies to Work for in America.”

“‘Best Places to Work in Indiana’ not only recognizes our state’s outstanding employers, but also sets a high standard for other Hoosier companies by encouraging them to realize the importance of evaluating their own workplace,” states Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar. “It is clear that a positive work environment makes employees more engaged in their job and in their company, which is a win-win situation for the Hoosier workforce and for every business’ bottom line.”

The actual rankings of the top Hoosier companies will be announced at the Best Places to Work awards dinner on May 7 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis. Winners will also be recognized via a special section of the Indiana Chamber’s bimonthly BizVoice® magazine and through Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick – both of which reach statewide audiences. Additional program partners are the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Indiana State SHRM Council and the Indiana Youth Institute. The 2008 Best Places to Work in Indiana Awards Dinner is open to the public. Individual tickets and tables are available at www.indianachamber.com/specialevents.

Earlier in the day, a session on what makes a company a Best Place to Work will be featured as part of the Indiana Chamber’s 44th Annual Human Resources Conference. To register to attend the awards dinner or for the HR session, visit www.indianachamber.com.

All companies that participated in the 2008 Best Places to Work program receive an in-depth evaluation identifying strengths and weaknesses according to their employees. In turn, this report can be used in developing or enhancing employee retention and recruitment programs.

For more information on the Indiana Chamber’s Best Places to Work program, go to www.bestplacestoworkIN.com.

Program sponsors for 2008, in addition to Anthem, are Baker & Daniels, Ball State University, FedEx, First Merchants Corporation, French Lick Resort Casino, Hill-Rom, Professional Staff Management, Roche Diagnostics and Simon Property Group.

The 2008 Best Places to Work in Indiana companies listed in alphabetical order, no ranking:

Large Companies (250 or more employees)

Company
Location

Angie's List
Indianapolis

Baker & Daniels LLP
Indianapolis

Bingham McHale LLP
Indianapolis

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Indianapolis

BSA LifeStructures
Indianapolis

Centier Bank
Crown Point

Cintas
Carmel

Clarian West Medical Center
Avon

Clark Memorial Hospital
Jeffersonville

Columbus Regional Hospital
Columbus

Crowe Chizek and Company LLC
Indianapolis

Duke Realty Corporation
Indianapolis

Edward Jones
Indianapolis

Emmis Communications
Indianapolis

Ernst & Young, LLP
Indianapolis

Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corporation
Fort Wayne

FORUM Credit Union
Indianapolis

Goshen Health System
Goshen

Indiana Business College
Indianapolis

Interactive Intelligence, Inc.
Indianapolis

LaPorte Regional Health System
LaPorte

Monarch Beverage Company, Inc.
Indianapolis

Shiel Sexton Company, Inc.
Indianapolis

St. Joseph Hospital & Health Center
Kokomo

The Capital Group Companies, Inc.
Indianapolis

Small to Medium-sized Companies (25-249 employees)

Company
Location

AIT Laboratories
Indianapolis

ANGEL Learning, Inc.
Indianapolis

Aprimo, Inc.
Indianapolis

Ash Brokerage Corporation
Fort Wayne

Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald and Hahn, LLP
Evansville

Bowen Engineering Corporation
Fishers

Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company
Fort Wayne

Colliers Turley Martin Tucker
Indianapolis

Cripe Architects + Engineers
Indianapolis

Double-Take Software
Indianapolis

Elwood Staffing
Columbus

Employment Plus
Bloomington

eTapestry
Greenfield

ExactTarget, Inc.
Indianapolis

Fusion Alliance
Indianapolis

G & S Research, Inc.
Indianapolis

Gregory & Appel Insurance
Indianapolis

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PC
Indianapolis

Heartland Community Bank
Franklin

Indiana Organ Procurement Organization
Indianapolis

Jackson Systems, LLC
Indianapolis

Katz, Sapper & Miller
Indianapolis

Keystone Construction
Indianapolis

KPMG LLP
Indianapolis

Krieg DeVault LLP
Indianapolis

Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Hammond

Matrix Integration, LLC
Jasper

Morales Group, Inc
Indianapolis

Network Solutions, Inc.
Granger

RW Armstrong
Indianapolis

Safety Management Group
Indianapolis

Schmidt Associates
Indianapolis

Somerset CPAs
Indianapolis

Sommer Barnard PC
Indianapolis

T2 Systems, Inc.
Indianapolis

The Estridge Companies
Carmel

The Heavyweights, Inc.
Indianapolis

TLS.net, Inc.
Columbus

United Consulting
Indianapolis

VMS
Indianapolis

WestPoint Financial Group
Indianapolis

Source: Indiana Chamber

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