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Badger Mining Corp. Ranked Nation’s Number One Company Two Years Running
(Alexandria, Va., June 25, 2007)—Badger Mining Corp. of Berlin, Wis., and Holder Construction Company of Atlanta, Ga., have been named, respectively, the number one “Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America.” This is the fourth annual release of the list recognizing the top 25 small companies (50-250 employees) and the top 25 medium companies (251-999 employees) to work for in America.
The rankings were released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) during the SHRM 59
th Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, Nev. The companies were selected and ranked by the Great Place to Work
® Institute, Inc. (GPTW).
The list and related stories will appear in the July 2007
HR Magazine and online at
“Open, clear communication with employees is the common denominator among these companies. Communication creates trust, which pays dividends and retains talent,” said SHRM President and CEO Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR.
Great Place to Work Institute
® cofounder, Robert Levering, said, “These companies stand out because their employees find them to be places where they can trust the management, take pride in their work and have fun. Other companies have much to learn about how to be productive and do right by their people.”
Each of the 50 companies is dedicated to communicating clearly with employees and encouraging staff to voice their opinions. In addition, these companies provide generous salaries and benefits packages. As a result, their employees are motivated and invested in the organization—making these companies some of the most successful small and medium-sized businesses in their industries, with high profit and low turnover.
Holder Construction Company is ranked the best medium-sized company to work for in America. This privately held construction firm based in Atlanta, Georgia, enhances communication among its 359 employees with 23 “Forum Groups”-- cross-peer networks of 14-16 cross-divisional employees. Even though participation is voluntary, every associate is a member of a Forum Group; and none of the 23 group leaders is a company officer. Holder’s goals, mission statement, and values have not changed in 46 years: “It’s who we are, what we believe, and why we are here,” they write.
Badger Mining Corporation is ranked the number one small company to work for in America. Badger Mining is family-owned and privately held and produces a million and a half tons of specialized sand each year for industrial use. All employees can participate in a profit-sharing arrangement; they are not charged any premiums for standard health coverage or basic long-term-care coverage; and everyone receives $200 in personal financial advice each year. Badger Mining dedicates 10 percent of its budget to safety training and, as a result, has the lowest incident rate in its industry. Based in Wisconsin, this mining company focuses heavily on work-life balance and safety. Employees can take advantage of a flexible schedule, which is not typical in its shift-driven, hourly industry. The company has no limit to the number of personal time an Associate can take to deal with family issues. Badger Mining also provides 100% healthcare coverage for employees and dependents, as well as part-time employees at 20 hours. This is on top of $5,250 in tuition reimbursement.
HR Magazine (www.shrm.org/hrmagazine) feature will highlight a profile of each of the following winning companies.
25 BEST SMALL COMPANIES
25 BEST MEDIUM COMPANIES
Badger Mining Corporation
Holder Construction Company
The Beryl Companies
Analytical Graphics, Inc.
Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C.
Professional Placement Resources, LLC
Triage Consulting Group
Nevada Federal Credit Union
Root Learning, Inc.
Insomniac Games, Inc.
The Integer Group
Dixon Schwabl Advertising
Sage Products, Inc.
Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union
MATRIX Resources, Inc.
McWhinney Real Estate Services
The RightThing, Inc.
Integrity Applications Incorporated
Northeast Delta Dental
Massachusetts Medical Society
Advanced Financial Services, Inc.
Bowen Engineering Corporation
Hoar Construction, LLC
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union
Urban Innovations, Ltd.
Digital Federal Credit Union
Landrum Human Resource Companies, Inc.
Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, LLP
Hand Held Products
To learn more about the eligibility requirements and nomination process for the 2007 list, visit
**On-line and Radio Editors: for soundbites, SHRM President and CEO Susan R. Meisinger (MEH-sen-jer) discussing the Best Places to Work visit
Contact SHRM Media Affairs at 703-862-5774 to schedule interviews with the winning companies.
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