King Arthur Flour Named Best Place to Work in Vermont for Second Year Running
Employee-Owned Company Receives Top Spot in Award's First Two Years
November 8, 2007 Norwich, VT For the second year in a row, King Arthur Flour, a 100 percent employee-owned company based in Norwich, VT, was named the Best Place to Work in Vermont (large company division). The rankings were announced at an awards gala in Burlington, Vt., on Nov. 6, 2007. King Arthur Flour has received top ranking since the award’s inception in 2006.
The 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.
“I’m thrilled, but not really surprised that we won this award again,” said long-time King Arthur Flour employee-owner P.J. Hamel of Hanover, N.H. “We work hard here, but it’s all a big win-win-win: our customers get the baking supplies they need and want, we help keep the Upper Valley vibrant by offering solid year-round employment for folks throughout the region, AND we take regular chocolate chip cookie breaks–what’s not to love? I can’t wait to get to work in the morning!”
Award winners were determined in large part by an anonymous survey completed by employees to measure their workplace experiences; 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 seven small/medium-size companies (15-99 employees) and five large-size companies (100 or more employees).
The Best Places to Work program, now in its second year in Vermont, is modeled after Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” and statewide Best Places to Work programs in 20 other states. The 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 BestPlacesToWorkVT.com.
This year, King Arthur Flour has been named runner-up for the Global Call Center of the Year Award from the International Customer Management Institute; its bimonthly baking newsletter The Baking Sheet was honored with a Gold Award in Design by “The Newsletter on Newsletters”; and the company’s latest cookbook, King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking, was named a finalist in the Baking and Dessert category for a James Beard Award. In 2006, King Arthur Flour received the Best Place to Work in Vermont Award (large company division); 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”; and the Better Business Bureau Local Torch Award for Excellence in recognition of its commitment to ethical business practices.
America’s oldest flour company, King Arthur Flour was founded in Boston, Mass., in 1790 and moved its headquarters to Vermont in 1984. 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