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BC Named One of Best Places to Work

The Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management Announces First Annual “Best Places to Work in Kentucky” Award Winners.

The Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) state council, in conjunction with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, announces the winners in the first annual “Best Places to Work in Kentucky” competition sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The program is a multi-year initiative to motivate companies in the Commonwealth to focus, measure, and move their workplace environments towards excellence.

Winners have been selected in two categories: medium-sized companies of 25 up to 199 employees, and large-sized companies of 200 employees or greater. The selection process, conducted by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of the company’s employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey. The survey feedback that all participating companies receive will enable them to develop plans and implement steps necessary to create a great workplace and continue to improve the performance of their business. The actual rankings will be announced at a gala awards luncheon on March 23, 2005 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington and published statewide in a special supplement of Business First magazine.

The Kentucky SHRM organization consists of 13 local chapters throughout the state, with a membership of approximately 2,800 human resources and business professionals across all industries. Among the prestigious state and local entities endorsing the Kentucky project are: the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, Kentucky World Trade Center, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and Commerce Lexington. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the presenting sponsor of the competition.

Numerous studies show a strong correlation between profitability and creating a good place to work. The Best Places to Work in Kentucky initiative is based on the famous Fortune magazine list announcing the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America.” In this issue, thousands of companies are assessed annually to compete for this honor. In addition to the positive effect the award has on their employee relations and recruitment, the driving force for companies to join in this program is the remarkable effect that workplace improvements can have on their bottom line.

Kentucky has over 17,000 companies that employ 25 or more associates. While it is no secret that Kentucky is a great place to live, people need to affiliate with great places to demonstrate their talent. The goal of Best Places to Work in Kentucky is to raise the bar among the state’s employers and create excellence and employee satisfaction in the workplace that will attract talented people for years to come. This initiative is integral for Kentucky to compete in both national and global arenas.

Further details about the Best Places to Work in Kentucky initiative can be found online at www.bestplacestoworkky.com.

THE BEST PLACES TO WORK IN KENTUCKY 2005
(alphabetical order, no ranking)

MEDIUM COMPANIES
Brandeis Machinery, a Subsidiary of Bramco LLC-Louisville
Catholic Health Initiatives- Erlanger
Citizens Union Bank- Shelbyville
Crowe Chizek and Company LLC- Louisville
Dean Dorton and Ford PSC- Lexington
Doe Anderson, Inc.- Louisville
East Kentucky Network- Prestonsburg
Georgetown Community Hospital- Georgetown
Louis T. Roth & Co.- Louisville
Paul Schultz Company- Louisville
PediaMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.- Florence
Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Maloney PLLC- Lexington
The Cecilian Bank- Elizabethtown
Thompson Associates, Inc.- Louisville
Woodward, Hobson & Fulton LLP- Louisville

LARGE COMPANIES
Alliance of Community Hospices and Palliative Care Services, Inc.- Louisville
Ambrake Manufacturing, LTD- Elizabethtown
Atmos Energy- Owensboro
Baptist Hospital East- Louisville
Berea College- Berea
Brown-Forman Corporation- Louisville
Central Baptist Hospital- Lexington
Fifth Third Bank- Florence
First Residential Mortgage Network, Inc.- Louisville
Fischer Homes, Inc.- Crestview Hills
Gallatin Steel Company- Ghent
Humana Inc.- Louisville
James N. Gray Company- Lexington
Kentucky Lottery Corporation- Louisville
KORT- Louisville
Somerset Community College- Somerset
Stites & Harbison PLLC- Louisville
UPS- Louisville
Valvoline Instant Oil Change- Lexington
Yum Brands, Inc.- Louisville

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