King Arthur Flour Named One of Wall Street Journal's Top Small Workplaces for 2008

Employee-Owned Company Selected as One of Top 15 in North America by the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces

King Arthur Flour of Norwich, VT, was named today as one of the 15 Top Small Workplaces in North America by the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces. More than 400 private, nonprofit, and publicly held organizations applied for this year’s honor.

“We are delighted to be recognized as one of North America’s Top Small Workplaces. At King Arthur Flour, we work hard to honor the employee-owners who make this company successful – to acknowledge and respond to their needs, desires and interests as whole people. We strive to make King Arthur a place where people feel passionate about their work. Their enthusiasm inspires our great customer service, educational programs, and community and environmental stewardship,” says company spokesperson Allison Furbish. “Our philosophy has worked for us for over 200 years, and we hope our company can serve as a model for other organizations.”

The Top Small Workplaces list, compiled in partnership with Winning Workplaces, a nonprofit whose mission is to help small and midsize organizations create better workplaces, showcases exceptional employers that have built workplace environments that foster teamwork, flexibility, and professional growth while providing an atmosphere and benefits that encourage employee loyalty. A national panel of small business experts chosen by the Journal and Winning Workplaces judged the finalists based on specific metrics and qualitative assessments of their success in creating workplaces that nurture, challenge and reward employees.

“These small businesses are leading innovators and role models for larger companies,” said Larry Rout, editor of the Journal Reports, The Wall Street Journal. “At a time when most employers are cutting back on employee benefits it is important to recognize those organizations that are creating environments that encourage productive behavior and expanding programs to keep employees happy.”

“The Top Small Workplaces have been in business an average of 42 years and have demonstrated that they can survive difficult economic times,” said Ken Lehman, Winning Workplaces’ founder and board chair. “By building strong cultures and gaining employee commitment to the success of the business, these organizations have thrived in good times and weathered bad ones. It is at times like these, with our nation facing almost unprecedented financial and economic challenges, that the real mettle of a strong workplace is demonstrated.”

As part of its continuing coverage of this year’s Top Small Workplaces, the Journal will be interviewing leaders of the winning companies every week in coming weeks on “Independent Street,” WSJ.com’s small business blog (http://blogs.wsj.com/independentstreet/).

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 nearly 200 employees today; from a family-owned operation for five generations to a 100 percent employee-owned business. King Arthur Flour received the Outstanding Vermont Business Award in 2006, the Best Place to Work in Vermont Award in 2006 and 2007, 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 national 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.

About The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal, the flagship publication of Dow Jones & Company, is the world's leading business publication. Founded in 1889, The Wall Street Journal has a print and online circulation of more than 2 million, reaching the nation's top business and political leaders, as well as investors across the country. Holding 33 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism, The Wall Street Journal provides readers with trusted information and knowledge to make better decisions. The Wall Street Journal franchise has more than 750 journalists world-wide, part of the Dow Jones network of nearly 1,900 business and financial news staff. Other publications that are part of The Wall Street Journal franchise, with a global audience of 3.8 million, include The Wall Street Journal Asia and The Wall Street Journal Europe. The Wall Street Journal Digital Network comprises The Wall Street Journal Online (WSJ.com), Barrons.com, MarketWatch.com and AllThingsD.com. The Wall Street Journal Radio Network services news and information to more than 300 radio stations in the U.S. In 2008, the Journal was ranked No. 1 in BtoB's Media Power 50 for the ninth consecutive year.

About Winning Workplaces

Winning Workplaces (www.winningworkplaces.org) is an Evanston, IL-based not-for-profit, whose mission is to help the leaders of small and midsize organizations create great workplaces. Founded in 2001, Winning Workplaces serves as a clearinghouse of information on workplace best practices via a website and a monthly e-newsletter; provides seminars and workshops on workplace-related topics; and, helps organizations assess their workplaces through employee surveys and other feedback tools.