SHRM Announces 50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America at its 59

For Immediate Release

Jun 25, 2007
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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 www.shrm.org/hrmagazine.

“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.

Number One Companies

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.

The July 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

1

Badger Mining Corporation

1

Holder Construction Company

2

InsureMe

2

The Beryl Companies

3

Analytical Graphics, Inc.

3

Ultimate Software

4

Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C.

4

Stark Investments

5

Professional Placement Resources, LLC

5

ACUITY

6

Triage Consulting Group

6

Nevada Federal Credit Union

7

Root Learning, Inc.

7

EILEEN FISHER

8

Insomniac Games, Inc.

8

The Integer Group

9

Dixon Schwabl Advertising

9

Sage Products, Inc.

10

McMurry, Inc.

10

Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union

11

MATRIX Resources, Inc.

11

Lincoln Industries

12

Clark Nuber

12

Hypertherm

13

McWhinney Real Estate Services

13

The RightThing, Inc.

14

Integrity Applications Incorporated

14

AMX

15

Northeast Delta Dental

15

Park Industries

16

Runzheimer International

16

Massachusetts Medical Society

17

archer>malmo

17

CXtec

18

Bridge Worldwide

18

Advanced Financial Services, Inc.

19

Bowen Engineering Corporation

19

Hoar Construction, LLC

20

Kahler Slater

20

Michigan State University Federal Credit Union

21

Urban Innovations, Ltd.

21

InPro Corporation

22

ENGEO Incorporated

22

Digital Federal Credit Union

23

Schleuniger, Inc.

23

SuccessFactors, Inc.

24

Landrum Human Resource Companies, Inc.

24

SJE-Rhombus Controls

25

Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, LLP

25

Hand Held Products

To learn more about the eligibility requirements and nomination process for the 2007 list, visit www.shrm.org/bestcompanies or www.greatplacetowork.com.

**On-line and Radio Editors: for soundbites, SHRM President and CEO Susan R. Meisinger (MEH-sen-jer) discussing the Best Places to Work visit http://www.greatapes.com/SHRM/.

Contact SHRM Media Affairs at 703-862-5774 to schedule interviews with the winning companies.

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