updated: 2/26/2007 12:05:13 PM
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is announcing 50 Hoosier companies that have been designated "Best Places to Work in Indiana." Twenty-three of the companies on this year's list also received the designation last year. Honorees are chosen through employer reports and employee surveys. The rankings of the companies will be announced at a luncheon on May 2.
February 26, 2007 (INDIANAPOLIS) — Fifty Hoosier companies have been designated a “Best Place to Work in Indiana” for creating a productive environment in which employees feel valued, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce announces. This is the second year for the Best Places to Work in Indiana program, which is presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Of the 50 honorees, 23 received the same distinction in 2006.
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. Ninety companies took part in the initial evaluation, with 85 completing the process and eligible for ranking.
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.”
“The Best Places to Work in Indiana program has two missions: to honor those exemplary employers and to encourage other Hoosier businesses to evaluate their workplace environment to see how it affects their employees,” states Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar. “Common sense tells us that an employee who feels valued will likely be a more dependable, productive worker, and therefore have a positive impact on the company’s bottom line. “
The actual rankings of the top Hoosier companies will be announced at the Best Places to Work awards luncheon on May 2 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 State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Indiana Youth Institute and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
Prior to the luncheon, a seminar on what makes a company a Best Place to Work will be conducted by ModernThink and the Indiana Youth Institute. To register to attend the awards luncheon or pre-luncheon seminar, visit www.indianachamber.com.
All companies that participated in the 2007 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 2007, in addition to Anthem, are AARP, Baker & Daniels, Ball State University, BKD CPAs and Advisors, Duke Energy, FedEx, Old National, Professional Staff Management, Simon Property Group and Verizon.
The 2007 Best Places to Work in Indiana companies listed in alphabetical order, no ranking:
Large Companies (250 or more employees)
Baker & Daniels LLP
Celadon Trucking Services Inc.
Clark Memorial Hospital
Columbus Regional Hospital
Crowe Chizek and Company LLC
Duke Realty Corporation
Ernst & Young, LLP
Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corporation
Goshen Health System
Interactive Intelligence, Inc.
Irwin Union Bank
Lake City Bank
Lauth Group, Inc.
St. Joseph Hospital and Health Center
The Capital Group Companies, Inc.
Small to Medium-sized Companies (25-249 employees)
Ash Brokerage Corporation
Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald & Hahn, LLP
Bowen Engineering Corporation
Colliers Turley Martin Tucker
Cripe Architects and Engineers
G & S Research, Inc.
Gregory & Appel Insurance
Herman and Kittle Properties, Inc.
Indiana Organ Procurement Organization
ISM Education Loans, Inc.
Katz, Sapper & Miller
Krieg DeVault LLP
LaBov & Beyond, Inc.
Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Matrix Integration, LLC
Morales Group, Inc.
Network Solutions, Inc.
Safety Management Group
Somerset CPAs, P.C.
Sommer Barnard PC
T2 Systems, Inc.
The Estridge Companies
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has been the state’s largest broad-based business advocacy organization for over 80 years. Today, it serves more than 26,000 members and customers.
Source: Indiana Chamber of Commerce