King Arthur Flour Named One of Vermont's Best Places to Work in 2010

Employee-owned Company Makes List for Fourth Year

America's oldest flour company has been named one of the 15 Best Places to Work in Vermont this year, the fourth year running. Final rankings will be announced at an awards gala in Burlington on March 29.

King Arthur Flour was named to the list of Best Places to Work in Vermont in 2006, 2007, and 2009; the award program skipped 2008. This year, King Arthur Flour will be ranked among small/medium-size companies (15-149 employees).

"King Arthur Flour employee-owners are very excited about making the list four years running," says King Arthur Flour HR Generalist Cindy Osgood. "Employees' willingness to complete the survey with their honest opinions is what makes all the difference in landing us on the list, and it provides critical feedback on the areas we need to give more focus as well as the areas in which we have improved. We're proud to say that this year we had our highest employee response rate yet."

The survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best workplaces in Vermont, companies that benefit the state's economy, workforce and 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 2010 award program recognizes 15 companies in two categories: small/medium-size (15-149 employees) and large-size companies (150 or more employees).

The program, now in its fourth year in Vermont, was created by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, the Society for Human Resource Management-Vermont State Council, 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.

America's oldest flour company, King Arthur Flour has grown from a regional staple to a brand known nationwide not only for its high-quality flours but for its passion in sharing the joy of baking; 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. A founding B (Beneficial) Corporation, King Arthur Flour was named one of Vermont's Best Places to work in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010; highlighted as one of the Wall Street Journal's Top Small Workplaces and one of WorldBlu's Most Democratic Workplaces in 2008; and received the Outstanding Vermont Business Award and the Better Business Bureau Local Torch Award for Excellence in 2006. King Arthur Flour 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 the highest-quality product, education, and information resource for, and inspiration to, bakers worldwide.