King Arthur Flour Named One of Vermont’s Best Places to Work in 2009

Employee-owned Company Ranks High for Third Year Running

For the third year in a row, America’s oldest flour company has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont (large company division). Final rankings will be announced at an awards gala in Burlington on April 1.

King Arthur Flour received the top ranking in both 2006, the award’s inaugural year, and 2007; the award program skipped 2008.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been included again this year on the list of top places to work in Vermont. This particular survey is especially meaningful to us because it uses employee feedback as its measure. What better way to gauge the success of our company’s culture?” says Suzanne McDowell, Vice President of Human Resources for King Arthur Flour. “We’re looking forward to hearing who tops the list, and proud that we’re on it for three years in a row.”

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.

Award winners are determined in large part by an anonymous survey completed by employees to measure their experiences and find out what they really think about their companies; 70% of the judging for the award is based on those survey results. Judging also includes evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. The 2009 award program recognizes 10 small/medium-size companies (15-99 employees) and five large-size companies (more than 100 employees).

The program, now in its third year in Vermont, was created by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Society for Human Resource Management-Vermont State Council, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, and Best Companies Group. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration, survey and analysis process in Vermont. For more information on the Best Places to Work in Vermont program, visit bestplacestoworkinvt.com.

In addition to being named the Best Place to Work in Vermont in both 2006 and 2007, King Arthur Flour’s 2008 honors include being named one of the Wall Street Journal’s Top Small Workplaces and one of WorldBlu’s Most Democratic Workplaces; receiving the Terry Ehrich Large Company Leader Award from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility; receiving a Magnum Opus Award for The Baking Sheet bi-monthly baking newsletter; and the inclusion of kingarthurflour.com on Internet Retailer’s list of “Hot 100” retail Web sites. King Arthur Flour also received the Outstanding Vermont Business Award and the Better Business Bureau Local Torch Award for Excellence in 2006.

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 more than 160 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 Through its products, publications and educational programs, King Arthur Flour continues to strive toward its mission: To be a creative and profitable company that’s a product, information, and education resource for, and inspiration to, bakers worldwide.