King Arthur Flour Named the 2006 Best Place to Work in Vermont

Employee-owned Company Receives Top Spot in Award’s Inaugural Year

Norwich-based King Arthur Flour, a 100 percent employee-owned company, was named the 2006 Best Place to Work in Vermont (large company division) at an awards gala in Burlington on Nov. 30, 2006. This survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best workplaces in Vermont, companies that benefit the state’s economy, its workforce and its businesses.

“We feel incredibly honored to receive this award,” said P.J. Hamel, editor of The Baker’s Catalogue, co-author of King Arthur’s award-winning cookbooks, and one of four employee-owners who attended the awards gala. “It’s affirmation of the hard work all of us do at King Arthur Flour each day, not just to accomplish our business goals, but to build a caring, affirmative culture, a company of employee-owners happy to come to work in the morning.”

Award winners were determined in large part by an anonymous survey completed by employees to measure their experiences and find out what they really believe about their companies; 70% of the judging for the award was based on those survey results. Judging also included evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. The award program recognizes 10 small/medium-size companies (15-99 employees) and four large-size companies (more than 100 employees).

This first annual program was created by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont State Chamber, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Society for Human Resource Management-Vermont State Council, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, Best Companies Group and sponsored by HMC Advertising. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Vermont with assistance from ModernThink LLC, who analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Vermont program, visit www.bestplacestoworkvt.com.

King Arthur Flour was honored in May with the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business Award, which honors a Vermont business that “shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique.” In April, King Arthur Flour received the Better Business Bureau Local Torch Award for Excellence in recognition of its commitment to ethical business practices. The company was also a finalist for this year’s Large Company Terry Ehrich Award

from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, an award honoring outstanding contributions in the areas of workplace,political, social and natural environments.

America’s oldest flour company, King Arthur Flour was founded in Boston, Mass., in 1790 and moved its headquarters to Vermont in 1986. The company has grown since then from a regional staple to a brand known nationwide for its purity and consistent quality; from a small mail-order business with five employees in 1990 to the premier baking resource with nearly 200 employees today; from a family-owned operation for five generations to a 100 percent employee-owned business. King Arthur Flour is the parent company of The Baker’s Catalogue, which offers more than 1,000 professional-grade baking tools and ingredients through its catalogue, online at kingarthurflour.com, and at The Baker’s Store in Norwich, VT