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Hearth & Home Technologies team members (left) Heather Hauser, Linda Wilson and Kim Liljevall display a plaque and banner designating the Lake City plant as one of southeastern Minnesota's best places to work. The award is by the Workforce Development Inc.

Four local firms selected as 'Best Places to Work'

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The region has many top employers, and the best in 2012 included four local firms, according to the Workforce Development Inc.

The non-profit agency held its "Best Places to Work" award ceremony April 26.

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Commercial Water Distributing in Zumbrota and RMX Manufacturing in Lake City won in the small employer category. This is for firms with 75 or fewer employees.

The Bergquist Co. in Cannon Falls and Hearth & Home Technologies in Lake City won in the large employer category. These firms have 400 or more employees.

In all, 15 companies representing Winona, Freeborn, Mower, Rice, Steele, Goodhue, Olmsted, Houston, Dodge, Fillmore and Wabasha counties earned the distinction.

Workforce Development commissioned a study to recognize some of the area's best employers and provide information to companies about the practices they use to attract and retain employees. The "Best Places to Work" awards were part of that.

Each participating company completed a 40-question survey so consulting firm Personnel Dynamics Consulting of Florida could analyze regional data. The firm measured turnover, rate of growth, promotion rates, employee evaluations and feedback, percentage of employee injured, diversity of management, benefits offered, training expenditures, paid days off and pay raises.

Workforce Development will provide every participating firm with a 22-page report detailing the information on their company, the results of the survey and suggestions on what their company can do to improve the workplace.

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Anne Jacobson
Anne Jacobson has been editor of the Republican Eagle since December 2003. 
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